The Attack on America

Patriot Day and views on 9/11 from Lebanon High School

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The Attack on America
Patriot Day and views on 9/11 from Lebanon High School
By: Kayne Buckley

On September 11th, 2001, America changed forever. The United States of America was under attack. This heart wrenching events happened early in the morning, and abruptly stopped the routines of every single person in the US. The world had their eyes on the US.

A terrorist group infamously known as Al Qaeda hijacked four United Airlines planes and planned a suicide mission. All four planes had passengers, thousands were injured and killed when the first two planes hit the twin towers. One hit the Pentagon, and the other was crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers tried to regain control of the United Airlines aircraft. Some say that plane was headed to destroy the capital.

Everyone was affected by 9/11. It hurt the nation, but also united it. Lives were lost, and many people risked their own lives to save others.

“Patriots Day is a very important day that is honored across America. We will never forget the lives lost and the countless heroes who sacrificed their own lives to save others,” said Lebanon High School principal Kevin Lowery.

In school, Lebanon band member Cole Harrill, junior, played the famous tune, Taps in honor of the lives lost on 9/11. In addition, teachers talked about their experience of that day.

“Back then we were so vulnerable, we were protected, we have missiles, the army, the military, the navy, we felt safe. It was a defining moment for our generation, and when 9/11 happened we were a collective nation, it was unifying for America, everyone was patriotic, there was no division,” said LHS literacy specialist Aimee Hays.The United States lost its innocence.

Mrs. Hays remembers being at a workshop with her yearbook class when she found out about the attack.

“Pam Smith was in the office when she told me that a plane crashed, there was no alarm, it didn’t seem like a terrorist attack. We got to a church where the workshop was and the advisers were in the basement and they had a TV, that is when we found out another plane hit and at that point we knew, and it was very scary, we didn’t know what was going to happen. We decided to not let the kids watch the TV so they would not find out. They eventually found out and we left to go back to school. Kids went back to class and everyone was watching a TV,” Hays said.

Not a single person knew what to expect next on that morning of September 11th.

“The scariest part was not knowing what was going to happen, attackers could be going anywhere at any time,” said literacy specialist Lisa Anthony. “I was with younger kids on 9/11, there were TVs in the office and that is when I saw. We did not let the kids know, they didn’t need to know. It was better for them, it was scary for us, scary for all of the adults, we didn’t need to scare the kids.”

America has come together, and continues to come together every single year on September 11th. The US will never forget the lives lost and those involved.