Twelve years ago today, September 11th, the nation and the world watched in horror as two hijacked commercial airliners slammed in the World Trade Center buildings. The terrorists’’ suicide mission, hitting New York’s Twin Towers, another plane crashing into the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane smashing to the ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, resulted in deaths of about 3,000 people.
Across the country and in cities all over Metro Atlanta, Americans commemorated this day by celebrating the life-saving efforts of first responders like police officers, firefighters, and other emergency crews. This was a time to remember the lives that were lost. Americans remembered how people came together, without hesitation, to save lives, to comfort, and help each other cope.
Moments of silence were observed at 8:46 a.m. when the first plane hit the World Trade Center and again at 9:03 a.m. when the second plane hit the other tower.
While a painful memory in U.S. history, September 11, 2001 has grown into a testimony of human resilience.
It’s this memory of hope that many Metro Atlanta students grab hold to on this day.
10th grader, Savannah Bailey and her classmate of Milton High School in Fulton County may not be old enough to remember the details of 9/11, but they are dedicated to never forgetting what happened on American soil. Diligently, the students and faculty spent two days placing nearly 3,000 miniature American flags across the front of the school’s campus. On each flag is the name of a person who died as a result of the attacks.
Savannah told All News 106.7 that she inherited the planning role for this event from her brother who recently graduated from Milton. Savannah says she plans to continue to lead 9/11 remembrance until she graduates. At that time she will pass the “flag” ceremony on to another student.
This is Milton High Schools 6th year commemorating 9/11. Among other Metro Atlanta schools remembering 9/11 include Cambridge High School also in Fulton County.