Eight years ago today, with no substitute teaching job awaiting me, I slept in. My dad woke me. The TV was already on with scenes from the World Trade Center. The horror unfolded before my eyes. Minutes after I started watching the second plane hit the South Tower. Everything changed in a moment. It was a long day that grew into a long week.
Looking back, I can only think: Never forget. Stand strong. Never falter. Never surrender.
In that spirit the Colorado State University College Republicans are making a special commemoration today:
On Friday, September 11th, 2009, The CSU College Republicans invite you to join us as we will be remembering those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. In the west lawn we will be displaying 2,977 American flags, one for each life lost. We are inviting the entire community to come out and show your support for the victim’s families.
We are doing this in collaboration with over 200 other campuses across the country. This program is called the Never Forget Project, sponsored by Young America’s Foundation. The goal in this project is to never forget precious lives lost on that day. As one of the most defining moments of our lifetimes it is important for us to Never Forget this day as it changed our world, our lives and our future forever.
The memorial will be located west of the Lory Student Center in the open space. We will be there from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm. We will also stand in silence at 9:11 am, as we recognize the impact of this day that will forever live in infamy.
There are a number of students attending CSU who were living in New York City during this time and lost loved ones. Please come out and show your support for these students as well.
While we look back in reflection, Mr. Bob sobers us up even more with a link to an interview about possible more severe terrorist attacks in the near future. I hope the gentleman’s prediction is 100 percent wrong.