My 9/11 Lesson Plan is the title of a recent post by A Conservative Teacher. It is an excellent read and I highly recommend it. In his lesson, he uses the video In Memoriam – New York City, 9/11/01 (2002). I was able to find the In Memoriam series at You Tube and I present them here.
All six videos would take over 90 minutes to view. You may not have 90 minutes right now, I understand. I hope you can, at least, watch the first and the last.
Some might say that it is a bit sadistic to relive the terrible events of September 11, 2001. No, it is not sadistic. It is necessary. Over three thousand people lost their lives that day. Their only crime was that they were living out their own individual version of the American dream. A dream that far too many Americans have lost sight of and far too many that never grasped the dream in the first place.
The attacks of 9/11 were much more than attacks on the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon and a failed attempt to hit the White House. What occurred on 9/11 was nothing less than an attack on the idea of America. It is something we should all take personally. Reliving the events through these videos helps us to understand on a personal level.
As A Conservative Teacher explains in his article, the attacks are not something that occurred ten years ago and are now a part of history. We are still living the history of 9/11. The history that started that days is not over yet. America changed on 9/11/01. Laws changed to “improve” our security but at the price of some of our liberties. Our perception of the world we live in changed. Our attitude toward the followers of Islam changed. We are still fighting a war in Afghanistan and around the world ten years later. The history is still being written and continues to affect each and every one of us personally.
We must never forget what happened on 9/11. Our children must be taught the importance of that day. We must pledge that we will never allow terrorism to destroy the American dream nor will we allow well-meaning statists to destroy it either.
I hope each of you will say a prayer for the victims and their loved ones today and , also, say a prayer for America.
May God bless each and every one of you and may God bless America.