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Teaching the lessons of 9/11
For the fi rst time, public schools across
New York state offi cially observed on
Wednesday the 18th anniversary of the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a
moment of silent refl ection and classroom
We’re sure that, in the years since that
day of infamy, individual schools had their
own way of memorializing the events of
that late summer morning, unforgettable
to anyone who witnessed what occurred.
But formal observances of 9/11 were codifi
ed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo,
who signed on Monday an approved bill
sponsored by two of Queens’ fi nest lawmakers:
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state Senator Joe Addabbo and
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Why is this law so important, you ask?
Because nearly two decades removed, the
lessons of 9/11 must be taught to generations
of young children who have no idea
of the pain infl icted by the attackers, the
heroism of those who worked to save lives
and the incredible unity that fi lled our
country aft erward.
It’s easy to put up a picture of the former
Twin Towers of the World Trade Center
on a social media page accompanied by
the hashtag #NeverForget. Th e events of
9/11, however, are more signifi cant than
can be conveyed in a social media remembrance
Our country was attacked in an
orchestrated suicide mission by terrorists
who hated the American way of
life, and took violent action to try and
change it. Th ey killed 3,000 Americans
of every race, color, creed and ethnicity
in their pursuit of autocratic ideals and
a divided nation.
President George W. Bush described the
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terrorists best in an address to Congress
just nine days aft er the attacks. “Th ey
stand against us because we stand in their
way,” he said, adding that they followed
“in the path of fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism,”
and in time, would eventually
follow it to “history’s unmarked grave of
We suff ered horrifi c destruction on
Sept. 11, 2001. Th e terrorists crashed
planes and destroyed buildings, but they
didn’t crush our spirit.
All of the police offi cers, fi refi ghters
and EMTs demonstrated that in the fi rst
moments of the attack on the World Trade
Center’s Twin Towers. Th ey ran into the
burning buildings as others ran out.
Hundreds of these heroes paid the ultimate
price when the towers fell; hundreds
more are paying all these years later, as
they suff er from illnesses related to the
long hours they spent at Ground Zero in
the recovery eff ort.
Americans rallied around each other
in the face of the evil destruction. We
unfurled fl ags everywhere, prayed together,
mourned together, honored sacrifi ce,
donated blood, volunteered, thanked
the fi rst responders for their eff orts, and
demanded justice for all those we lost.
Our children, and their children, need
to know that 9/11 wasn’t just a day of horror.
It was a moment when our country,
while dealt a destructive blow, brought
out the best in itself.
Th e acts of bravery, resolve, unity and
patriotism demonstrated in the hours
and days following the 9/11 attacks serve
today as valuable lessons that will help
guide New York students in the years to