Today is the painful anniversary of 9/11, 2001. There is a lot that could be said but I thought I would ask what did or did not happen at your school and does it matter?
To preface, my mom remembers Pearl Harbor Day like it was yesterday. We all have to try to imagine a country without TV images, no computers, nothing but words coming from a radio. It is what drove us into WWII and united a country with a common purpose. I remember when I was about 13 and my mom was telling me about rationing and women who never worked outside the home going out and working and everyone, everyone working together. Naively I said, "Why?". She just looked at me and said, "There was a war on! Everyone had a son, a husband, a father gone or dead. It's just what we did." But Pearl Harbor Day has eventually faded to a day in history.
9/11 was maybe more horrific because we were able to see it all unfold. Things that we were likely better off not seeing, we saw that day. We may have been more afraid that day than a generation before because we knew technology and what it could bring to our doors. We were told we were at "war" from that day on. Not much was expected of us as a nation - we were supposed to shop and travel and take our shoes off at the airport. No sacrifices were asked of us.
So on this day, should we remember? Maybe more importantly, should our children? My son came home from high school and said that last year they had a moment of silence but not this year. I asked if they discussed it at all and he said yes, in a couple of classes. We have a new principal, maybe he just forgot.
I certainly don't want to mourn forever but there are lessons to be learned and I would hate to think that 6 years later we're all done learning.