Never Forget!
Thanks to September-11th.us for the wonderful archive of photos. There are so many more, I could only show a few.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those who died or were injured on September 11, 2001. We will NEVER FORGET!

Our thanks to those who risked life and limb to aid in the recovery of those lost. You are heroes.

To learn more about terrorism in the U.S., please read The Third Terrorist by Jayna Davis.

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"This nation has defeated tyrants, liberated death camps, and raised this lamp of liberty to every captive land. We have no intention of ignoring or appeasing history's latest gang of fanatics trying to murder their way to power . . . "

    President George W Bush's speech at Ellis Island off New York on the first anniversary of the 11 September attacks.


The Attack
Extemporaneous notes to myself, on September 11, 2001

by Matthew Morelli, 8th grade, Gunter Middle School

I know that forty years from now, I will be rooting through an old box and will come across this paper. I’ll brush off the dust and will immediately remember the fateful day of September 11, 2001.

What a beautiful day it was. The sun's warmth mixed with a cool breeze gave the day the sensation of life. I sat on the bus and stared out into space. I had been to the Science Place Museum on field trips many times before, but this time I was going to dissect a pig. I was elated and cheerful when our school bus pulled into the parking lot. I didn't see many cars in the lot, but I didn't take that into consideration at the time. We walked in a herd across the street. A car nearly hit me because I jumped out into the street so quickly.

I was wearing my beige shorts and my favorite blank-white T-shirt. Over that I wore an over shirt that was blue and yellow plaid. I made my way up the steps and got into the single file line that had been formed. A man who worked at the Science Place counted us one by one. The main lobby was empty and the gift shop closed. We were early. It was pleasantly cool inside, and the room echoed our voices playfully. After being divided into two groups, the children were given instructions. The first group went to the dissection lab and my group stayed in the lobby and waited for the Imax theater to open.

I wandered around the lobby floor and decided to join the kids who were playing with the lobby camera. Just when I joined the crowd, our instructor informed us that we were not allowed in a public place. I was baffled as we all formed a line to exit the lobby. I heard someone say in the background, “The World Trade Center and Pentagon had been attacked!” I laughed and shoved it off as a joke. I thought to myself that the real reason that we had to leave was that the museum was closed that day or that they didn't have enough pig hearts.

Then I heard another voice state “ They were assaulted!” Still not believing it totally, I exited the building. When I saw the other group standing at the bottom of the steps, I had to accept it . . . we no longer had a World Trade Center, and the Pentagon had been attacked. The thought stung me, and at the time, my mind had hardly accepted it.

Just before we re-entered the bus, our science teacher, Mrs. Murphy, addressed us as a group. “Our country is in a state of emergency. The World Trade Center towers were attacked, and the Pentagon was attacked, too. I do not know anything else right now, but if you are a religious person, praying is a good idea.”

“How can this happen?” I kept asking myself. The question haunted me on the drive back to Gunter. Now the day didn't seem so beautiful anymore, but rather dark and mournful. Discussion on the bus consisted of the qualifications for draft, and who might have felt inclined to attack America.

The few students who had radios kept shouting news to those of us who didn't. “They were terrorists! They hijacked and crashed planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon!” These words teased our minds for the duration of the trip. The constant bouncing of the bus and the smell of fresh laid tar enveloped us as we pondered the future, near and far . . .


The Collapse of the World Trade Center

Ground Zero
God Bless America!
September 11 was the most defining moment in the United States of America in last 60 years. America, once again, was put to the test, and once again, we passed...

America is the greatest nation on earth, proved to the world that this is experiment in democracy works under the best and the worse of times. Just when we began to think that we have seen the best of our country in the rear view mirror, we are put to the test.

Thus was the tragedy of September 11, 2001 yet another test. Our Revolution, the Civil War, both World Wars, Korea, Viet Nam, the Civil Rights Crusades, assassinations, resignations, impeachment, Iraq . . . 9-11. All that, and we passed the test once again, proving that we are still capable of coming together in a time of national crisis.

GOD BLESS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE


Pennsylvania and the Pentagon
Far fewer picture, but no less important. Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania, and another plane hit the Pentagon.


The View from Afar


The Devastation
Have You Forgotten
by Daryl Worley
I hear people saying we don't need this war
I say there's some things worth fighting for
What about our freedom and this piece of ground?
We didn't get to keep 'em by backing down
They say we don't realize the mess we're getting in
Before you start preaching
Let me ask you this my friend

CHORUS 1
Have you forgotten how it felt that day
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away?
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside
Going through a living hell
And you say we shouldn't worry 'bout Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

They took all the footage off my T.V.
Said it's too disturbing for you and me
It'll just breed anger that's what the experts say
If it was up to me I'd show it every day
Some say this country's just out looking for a fight
Terrorism MUST be STOPPED! After 9/11 man I'd have to say that's right

CHORUS 1
Have you forgotten how it felt that day
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away?
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside
Going through a living hell
And we vowed to get the ones behind Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

I've been there with the soldiers
Who've gone away to war
And you can bet that they remember
Just what they're fighting for

CHORUS 2
Have you forgotten all the people killed?
Yes, some went down like heroes in that Pennsylvania field
Are THEY worth fighting for? Have you forgotten about our Pentagon?
All the loved ones that we lost
And those left to carry on
Don't you tell me not to worry 'bout Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?


Mourners from Around the World
Top row: Belerus, Berlin, Munich; Center row: Czech Republic, Moscow, New York, Stockholm; Bottom Row: Poland, Kosovo, South Korea


        The Missing


We will prevail . . .
" . . . that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

    Lincoln's Gettysburg Address,
    November 19, 1863.

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