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9/11 - Remembering Today & Yesterday

by Mary Emma Allen on September 11th, 2008


Remembering 9/11 occurred across the country today

 At the school where I was substitute teaching, the students and faculty gathered at the flag pole in front of the building.  Police and firemen from the community, along with other citizens joined them for a short talk, pledge of allegiance, and to sing “This Land is Your Land.”

On 9/11/01, I also was substitute teaching, in first grade that day, when the principal stopped by my room and handed me a note, mentioning what was happening and that the television in the teacher’s room was on.  Until we knew more, we weren’t to alarm the students.

Since than we have comforted, found comfort, remembered, reminisced, and wondered “Why?”  Friends and relatives have gone abroad to defend our country and to keep terrorism at bay.

What do we say to our children, when they ask, like my grandson did tonight at the supper table, “What was 9/11?  Why did we have the ceremony at school today?”

Then we realize that he was too young to grasp the what was going on as we watched the television for more than a week, waited for names of people we knew and loved, wondered if there would be another attack soon.

It was a day that changed much in our country…and the world.

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(c)2008 Mary Emma Allen

POSTED IN: History, Personal Experience

2 opinions for 9/11 - Remembering Today & Yesterday

  • Alicia
    Sep 12, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    I watched the events of 9/11 happen on The Today Show that morning. I still remember everything about that morning. Every single detail.

    Last night, I watched that documentary-type show that the History Channel presented. Did you see it? It was nothing but real video footage. It really put things back in perspective. I felt very angry and violent as I watched it; I wanted to hurt someone. I couldn’t watch much more of it after the first tower falling.

  • Mary Emma Allen
    Sep 13, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Thanks, Alicia, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings. I didn’t see the program on the History Channel (our TV isn’t working), but I was reliving some of the feelings of 9/11 as I participated in the program at school. As the children said the pledge and sang, tears came to my eyes. It brought back memories of 9/11, as films and videos do of Pearl Harbor and WWII (I was a child during that era) and had an uncle who fought in the Pacific in that war.

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