The following address was made to students and staff of Avon Middle School on September 11, 2014:
Today we observe the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attack in New York City, Washington D.C., and in the skies of Pennsylvania. Although most of you do not remember this day because you were infants, September 11th, 2001 is a day that changed our world as we know it. It was a day that brought out the worst and the best of mankind. The worst because the actions of terrorists took the lives of approximately three thousand people and robbed families of their mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. We know that 9/11 brought out the best of mankind by the many stories of heroism and bravery we have learned about on television, in the newspaper, and on the internet.
As we go about our normal daily routines today, it is important that we stop and remember the victims of September 11, 2001, and the men and women of our armed forces who continue to protect us from terrorism, in our thoughts and in our prayers. I am asking your social studies teacher to devote some time in your classes today to discuss the events of this historic and tragic day. For now, let us begin our day of observance with a moment of silence for the victims of September 11th, their families and the men and women of our armed forces.Click here to see past stories.