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When tragedy strikes the land that you love, we come to find the good that is in the heart of people, we find the unity and the American spirit we once thought was waning. We find the heroes, who selflessly put themselves in the way of danger in order to save those whose lives are in extreme danger. It is these situations that we find out who we, as a people, really are.
On September 11, 2001, America was put to the test. We were under a terrorist attack, when thousands of lives were ended because of the evil plot of enemies, but through it all, there were heroes, who worked endless hours to bring safety to the people of America, and bring people out of the rubble. Days after, the smiles on strangers’ faces brought hope to the broken-hearted and a kind word brought strength.
These horrific memories are what we remember most.
Ideas to remember 9/11 (Patriot’s Day):
- Watch the movie Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – I would only suggest watching this amazing film with older children, due to the tragic loss of the boy, who is the main character. When I first watched this show, I literally tried my best to hold back all the tears that wanted to escape my eyes. The story is about a boy who lost his father during the events of 9/11. After his father has passed, he discovers a vase that belonged to his father, but what he finds inside is where the story really begins. Taking the item found in the vase he begins to search for the other half, assuming it was something for him…something from his father. His partner is a mute, old man. Together they travel through New York City in search of the missing piece. In the end…the boy’s story unfolds.
- Learn about the Twin Towers & Liberty Tower (The new building on Ground Zero)
- Dress up as a firefighter or police – This will be a fun thing for little kids. You can tell them as much as you feel comfortable about what happened, or nothing at all. Just let them be kids!
- Draw a picture or Color a picture
- Visit a local police station or fire station and give the officers there some cookies
- and, Read books:
Picture books –
America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell
Sirius, The Hero Dog of 9/11
On That Day
September 11, 2001: A Simple Account for Children
The Survivor Tree
The Little Chapel That Stood
I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001
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