9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies Begin Solemn Day


Schools in South Huntington will take a moment today, as each building remembers in their own way, those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the families whose lives were forever changed on September 11, 2001.

A message from Superintendent Dave Bennardo:

Although years might be passing by, the memories and emotions that 9/11 evokes never seem to fade. There is no doubt that the day has a slightly different meaning depending upon your age or degree of loss. For many of us 9/11 represents our Pearl Harbor, in that it was the moment our generation lost its innocence and learned of the cruel realities inherent in global conflict. To others the attacks have a more personal meaning, in that they resulted in empty seats at the dinner table and lost smiles and laughter at family celebrations. To those who were not yet born or are too young to remember, 9/11 represents a powerful history lesson that exemplifies the inhumanity that stirs in the hearts of those who oppose our democratic way of life. The reality is that despite one's individual frame of reference, 9/11 provides a common thread that transcends our differences and reminds us all that we share a powerful American bond.

There is no doubt that 9/11 resulted in some considerable changes to our way of life. One only has to wait on an airport screening line or see the heavy security presence around national monuments and government buildings for proof of this lost trust. While those who don't understand our nation might view these things as signs of their victory, they are really symbols of our willingness to protect our people and go on living in freedom.  The bravery, heroism, and compassion that 9/11 evoked represents the true nature of our national soul. While it might be hard for others to understand, we are not defined by the size of our buildings or grandeur of architecture, but instead by the principles of human dignity and individual freedom. The brave soldiers that protect our shores, the first responders who risk their lives to save others, and the families who work hard each day raising children with strong community values, are in fact signs of our victory.

While none of us will claim that the American system is perfect, we are in fact the greatest hope for freedom and individual liberty on the face of the earth. While our nation is most certainly a work in progress, the United States of America continues to represent the grandest governmental experiment the world has ever known.  As we reflect upon September 11, 2001, let us remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the families whose lives were forever changed.

Let us also give thanks for the blessings of this wonderful country and remarkable community in which we work and live.

Be well, Dave Bennardo