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Honoring Our Heroes
On September 11, 2001 the world came to a standstill after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
That tragic day affected millions of people and their families in the United States and across the world.
Third graders at Western Union Elementary shared and discussed the events of that day and its effects. They talked about the people who were hurt and the collapse of the towers.
They understood that from that terrible day there were also reminders of the goodness of humankind.
The third graders remembered the heroes of 911 by completing a walk. But not just any walk.
Students gathered on the bus lot and proudly shared carrying of the American flags. As a group they took one step for each step in one of the towers that collapsed.
This walk symbolized the steps of the heroes who came into the towers to save the wounded and injured. Students gained a sense of understanding of the strength and determination they must have demonstrated on that difficult day. In total they completed 19 steps for each of the 110 floors of one of the towers.
As a group they walked 2071 steps in honor of the 412 heroes that died that day saving others.
We know there were many heroes that day. The students respectfully wanted to honor all heroes professional or civilian and to remember that we still honor heroes today.
Written by: Angela Hill, 3rd Grade Teachers
Posted: Sep 18, 2014 by Carrie Johnson