Note From Your Publisher

Never Forget

By Julie Franke, Publisher September 11, 2020

I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank the First Responders that we have currently working in our community and thank those who have worked in our community in years past.

This is a day that we will never forget. It is a piece of history that we experienced that we have to try to explain to our children. Maybe you were just a child yourself when this happened. My parents told me about significant events from their past and the recurring theme of how these events are recounted is to say where we were when we saw or heard and how we felt. This really does help us to convey the reality of this history. It is not just something that is read in a history book. I encourage you to discuss this and other significant events with your children in a way that helps them understand the reality of history. 

On September 11, 2001, I was a 4th grade teacher getting ready for work when my husband shouted to me to come watch the news. I, like the rest of our country, was in disbelief. The towers had not yet fallen when I left for work. My students had lots of questions I could not answer. The next week or so my students continued to have questions and they tried their best to comprehend a situation that even adults could not comprehend. My son was only 1 and has no memory of it happening.

That is the story I tell to my own kids. Every year there are different questions and interest. We will continue to have the discussion.