Fairmont remembers September 11

Photo: Dani Schaaf

By Kevin O'Donnell, Editor-in-Chief

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Every generation experiences a defining moment that goes down in their history. For our grandparents, it was Pearl Harbor. For our parents, it was Vietnam. For us, that moment is September 11, a day when terrorist extremists flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The hijackers took several thousand lives along with our sense of innocence and security. The war in Afghanistan that followed set America on a new course, one which historians will forever debate.

Fairmont students were only in elementary school when they saw those towers fall. Now some of our former classmates are defending the world from groups like Al-Qaeda who perpetrated the attack. Many here at Fairmont also have family or friends fighting bravely in the dangerous hills of Afghanistan. It is the least The Flyer can do to honor their service and express our awe and gratidude of their sacrifice.

Now it’s your turn. On Sept. 11, 2010, people of all ethnicities and religions will bow their heads in respect to those lives lost, share their stories, and remember what happened on this day nine years ago. Please join them and us. Share your memories, thoughts and opinions, either by adding a comment to this post or by submitting a letter to the editor via the form on our home page. We only ask that comments be signed  and polite. Thank you.