18 years ago on 9/11, the nation reeled from an attack on America. During the September 11 attack, firemen and policemen bravely risked their lives to help their fellow countrymen and women, and 2,977 people died as a direct result of the attacks.
By Frank Turner
With each new generation, it is important to not only honor the memory of the tragedy, but also to recall exactly how it shook the nation all those years ago.
The following excerpt, taken from the front-page article in the 2001 Bowman County Pioneer, was written by former reporter Amy Getz just days after the attack:
Tuesday, September 11, 2001, will be a day that few will never be able to forget. This day, 9-11, has left a black mark on America.
It has touched each person, young or old, in some way. Prayers have been lifted and moments of silence observed to remember the victims of the terrorist attack.
Bowman Roosevelt students had their own way to remember the victims of the attack. On Friday morning and afternoon, a day designated by President Bush to remember the victims, the students with flags in had held a memorial.
The students with their heads held high recited the “Pledge of Allegiance” and then lifted their voices in unison singing “America the Beautiful”, “Star Spangled Banner” and other patriotic songs.
The environment was somber for those 5-year olds as they remembered the horrific scenes of the violence. Their faces of innocence while their teachers wiped tears from their eyes.
Nearly two decades following one of the most impactful moments in American history, the Bowman County Pioneer implores you to remember the fallen, honor those who served, and celebrate this great nation, who in the face of challenges and tragedies remains beautiful and resilient.