Mapleton Remembers 9/11

By Jacqui Pollard

September 14, 2011

Mapleton Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2001 is a date that will forever live in our hearts. It was a day that changed our country forever, and to commemorate this day, Mapleton had a special ceremony and assembly for members of the community and their students.

It began with a ceremony outside the high school doors to unveil a monument made from a portion of the remains of the World Trade Center. This steel was described as symbolizing the strength of our country.

After this unveiling ceremony, we moved inside to the high school gym where both community members and students gathered for an assembly. There were tables covered with newspaper articles, posters, and other memorabilia laid out for all to see. The assembly included several musical performances, a very moving video of the tragic events that occurred on 9/11, a speech given by Senator Bill Harris, and the assembly ended with the somber tone of a bell that was rung three times in memorial of those firefighters who did not return from ground zero.

I felt honored to be able to attend this event. I was very moved by both the students' musical performances and the video that was made for this commemoration assembly. In fact, I had to distract myself a few times in order to keep from noticeably crying. To conclude this entry, I would like to share the following quote:

"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack, because we are the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining."
-George W. Bush on September 11, 2001

Let us never forget.

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