Nine-Eleven: National Day of Service & Remembrance

If any of our international students at Hancock International College ask a staff member or instructor where they were on 9/11 everyone will remember distinctly where they were and what they were doing. Every generation has a tragedy that sticks with them, like the attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President JFK, and the Challenger explosion.  I just started High School and saw the damage done from the first airplane on the morning of 9/11 (I grew up here in Southern California which is 3 hours behind New York). While in school the news spread quickly that the second tower was hit and the United States was under attack. As tragic as it was, the sense of patriotism and compassion that Americans bestowed onto those in need was remarkable, which is why reminds us it is important to remember. says, “On National Day of Service and Remembrance, Americans pause to reflect on the devastating September 11 terror attacks. We commemorate those we lost, and give thanks to the brave first responders that put their lives on the line to help. So, this 9/11, take a moment to remember with us. […]

Why National Day of Service and Remembrance is Important:

It’s a reminder of hope, help, and goodness – Like Mr. Roger’s mom always told him—when there’s a disaster, look for the helpers. Although 9/11 might have started in disaster, it ended up revealing the goodness of humanity. From a subway driver that shuttled people away from the scene to the residents of Newfoundland who sheltered the occupants of planes that were diverted in the aftermath, we learned so much about the kindness of people on 9/11. So many people showed incredible bravery, compassion, and generosity during this most difficult of days and afterwards.

We must honor those who were lost, and those they left behind – Just as we commend the bravery of the first responders and the helpers, we must keep alive the memories of the people that didn’t make it. We must celebrate their lives, and make sure that they’re never forgotten. That’s one of the best ways we can honor them—it is incredibly meaningful when the nation remembers collectively.

We must educate the next generation – We talked about the importance of commemorating the people that we lost in 9/11; it’s equally important to pass these lessons down to children. Although the subject is tough, the next generation has to make sure that September 11 isn’t forgotten. To teach these lessons to our children, teachers and parents can download lesson plans and educational guides, watch documentaries with their young charges, and — perhaps most important of all — simply sit down together to talk. It’s OK not to have all the answers.”

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