9/11 needs more recognition2 min read

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When I walked into school, it seemed like any other Wednesday. I was greeted at the door by familiar faces. I said good morning to the guard on duty. I saw the morning announcements on the white board at the front of the school. I walked to the alcove to put my backpack away. And I headed to my Zman Kodesh. However, this was not a regular Wednesday.

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, but the only sign of this day was the message on the white board and the moment of silence conducted over the loudspeaker during Zman Kodesh.

Although we have a myriad of assemblies ranging from Yom Hazikaron to Daniel Pearl World Music Day, we did not have a 9/11 Memorial assembly. However, we should have.

My grade is the last to contain students of the school alive during 9/11. This does not mean we should reduce our 9/11 remembrance efforts, but rather the complete opposite.

We have a moral obligation to make sure this event is not forgotten and that the lives of those tragically taken from us are remembered. Still, not only must we remember, but we must also educate.

Some of the sixth graders in my Zman Kodesh did not even know what 9/11 was. Others knew that a plane flew into a building. However, nearly all of them had no idea of the extent of the damage done that day nor the lasting impact it had on our country and the world.

Whether it be through a video, a presentation, a discussion or a Q&A session, something should have been presented to the school to commemorate the day.

We cannot let another day of remembrance go by without more recognition. We must make sure that our student body is educated and well-informed about the tragic events that took place 18 years ago. And finally, we need to stand together against hate and remember the countless victims of the tragedy that changed the world forever, as we have done many times before as a school community for other significant historical events.

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