By Julie Kayzerman
The Twin Towers fell 14 years ago, yet the memories remain fresh in my mind. I was in second grade when the news broke out. My teacher gave no indication of what was happening, but one by one, students got picked up from school – it was clear something was wrong. It wasn’t long before my own mother came to pick me up early and bring me home.
Now, as a senior at the College, it has become increasingly noticeable that the grades below me are getting too young to physically remember the events of 9/11, and the day gets further and further away. Still, it is more important than ever that we continue to make the effort to ensure that tragic day 14 years ago and the innocent lives that were taken, never go unforgotten.
So when I received an email to The Signal account, amidst spam and press releases, from Lion Latenight announcing their 9/11 Remembrance event, I immediately felt proud to be a student at the College.
I’m one of the lucky ones that wasn’t directly affected by 9/11. I didn’t lose a family member or a friend like so many others did, but I witnessed our entire country unite as one – and that is a lesson worth remembering.
Lion Latenight is hosting the College’s first ever 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 11, at 8:30 p.m. in the Brower Student Center for the campus community to come together. They will be hosting a Donation Drive until Friday, Sept. 18, where students can donate items to the charity, Operation Gratitude, which sends items overseas to the nation’s troops who are fighting as a result of the events on September 11. The remembrance event will include a writing station for students to message soldiers, memorial presentations and a moment of silence for the campus to honor the lives of those lost together as one community.
I am so thankful to attend a college where organizations like Lion Latenight ensure that we are together as a community during the 14th anniversary of 9/11 and make sure we never forget that tragic day.
The more time that passes from the events on Sept. 11, 2001 shouldn’t mean that we remember it less and less. For every year that passes, we should become even more united as community to forever ensure that not only are the victims of 9/11 always remembered, but that the lesson of a country united is never forgotten.