Remembering 9/11

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Special ceremonies were held Thursday in communities across the Commonwealth to remember the September 11th terrorist attacks and honor those who died.

People across the state take a moment to pray and reflect. Dozens gathered in Cumberland, singing songs of remembrance. Others attended a flag raising ceremony in Rush, waving their own with pride. And for students at one Eastern Kentucky school, 9/11 is not only for remembering, but also learning.

“The students at this age, a lot them don't remember 9/11 and I feel like it's important for us to make sure they know what 9/11 is and what it means for their lives,” says Frank Wilkerson, a math teacher at North Laurel Middle School.

Officials at the school invited first responders from ten different organizations to talk to students about what 9/11 means to them.

“Let them tell their side of the story to the students. The more we do this the students are getting younger and younger and they really don't know what 9/11's about,” says science teacher Peggy Sasser.

She says letting students get to know the heroes in their own community will give them a greater respect for their freedoms.

“I know that some of these will grow up to be some of the officers and things that we have protecting us and since I'll be retiring in a few years I want these children to grow up and take care of me,” she says.

“The students need to realize how important these people are. These are the people that will come to them when they need help,” says Wilkerson.

“For emergency services it was a tragic day as it was for everybody else in the country, the whole nation. And for us to be able to come out share with the kids what 9/11 was, it means a lot to us,” says Lt. John Matthews with the Laurel County Fire Department.

It means just as much to the students.

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