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The room fell silent as my teacher calmly but solemnly reentered the classroom to share the news he had just heard. Enveloped first in confusion, then shock before the classroom settled and hummed with fear. Fear of what would happen next, fear for those on the plane and in the buildings, fear for the first responders, fear of having a loved one killed, fear of terrorists and fearful of how to move forward. The fear we all felt that day has a way of sticking around. It hides in the darkest corners of our minds tucked away until something ordinary takes us back. For me, it is seeing a flag at half-mast. I wanted to focus this Patriot Day on how we can remember and share with the next generation how significant this day is for our country and for the future of this great nation.
How can you share 9/11 and its impact with your children?
In addition, consider participating in an act of remembrance by observing a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. This is the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
How will you share the impact of 9/11 with your children and family?
The Memory of 9/11 and How I Re-Learned to Appreciate America, by veteran Chad Storlie.
What 9/11 Means to Me, by veteran Chad Storlie.
About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (6 and 8 years), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University.
*Originally posted September 2018 updated in 2022
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