“It’s history for them now,” Brookstone students thank first responders in remembrance of 9/11

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL)— As the nation pauses today to remember the tragic events of September 11th, a Columbus school spent the day thanking all of Muscogee County’s first responders and remembering those lost in 2001.

“On September 11Th“In 2001, our country faced a terrible and life-changing crisis,” says the Brookstone School statement of thanks. At 8:46 a.m. the first plane crashed into the North Tower.

“Although many lives were lost that day, countless other lives were saved by the incredible courage of those who willingly risked their lives to save their fellow Americans.”

Brookstone’s mission is to remember those lost and those who protect and serve.

“We don’t just want to pay tribute to the first responders who risked and even lost their lives in 2001. We also want to honor the men and women who continue to risk their lives every day to make our community safer.”

Senior Prefect and Senior Prefect Trish Calhoun read the school’s statement of gratitude to first responders on Monday morning, the 22nd anniversary of 9/11.

“It felt really personal. I wanted to thank each and every one of them,” Calhoun said. “It was really nice to just see her face to face and not just drop the box on her door. It was nice to give them a message of thanks.”

Although Calhoun was not alive during the attacks, her school has made it her mission to ensure her students recognize the loss of 9/11 and the ongoing sacrifices required to work as a first responder.

“It’s history for them now. “They were not yet born when this event occurred,” said Gary Sulivan, head of the senior class at Brookstone School. “I think we have a responsibility to inform students about what happened and remind them of the history.”

Students from preschool through 12Th The class brought their own baked goods Monday morning to donate to first responders. They date back to 2002, making a 21-year tradition.

“I think it’s critically important. I don’t think our men and women in the military and public safety, police officers, law enforcement, etc. get enough credit in a world that is really divisive, where they are often portrayed as the bad guys, and they are not,” Sullivan said.

“We know that your achievements often go unrecognized, and that is why we would like to thank you today. You are an inspiration to the students, teachers and staff of our school. On behalf of Brookstone, we want to express our sincerest thanks and true appreciation for all you do to make our community great.”

Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: LauraCoffey@worldtimetodays.com.

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