9/11 Remembrance from Superintendent Bennardo

Schools in South Huntington will take a moment on Monday, September 12th, 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.
Schools in South Huntington will take a moment on Monday, September 12th, 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.

Hi All:

It seems almost surreal that the 9/11 anniversary should fall on a weekend, because the quiet Sunday feeling is nearly impossible to juxtapose with the frenzied, horrific tone of that fateful September day. While the skies were crystal blue and the air crisp, and still that morning, the hours to come brought an attack which shattered our innocence and forever altered the fabric of this proud nation. There was an incredible amount of uncertainty on that day, and while we all knew in our hearts that life would now be different, it was virtually impossible to predict just how much things would change in the years to come. Although 15 years have passed since the attack, the memories of that day are forever emblazoned upon our souls, as we pause to recognize the anniversary and pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much in the name of freedom.

While the week ahead will be filled with ceremonies and commemorations of September 11, 2001, the anniversary evokes intensely personal memories for those who experienced that transformational moment in time. The day itself also generates a series of questions and a quest for answers, as a new generation of young people struggles to understand the tragedy that shook our country to its very core. The truth is that there are few words that can do justice to this day, and even fewer thoughts that can actually make sense of the inexplicable horror. There are however, powerful images of heroism, and an unwavering tone of perseverance that emerged from the ashes of the attack that will forever define our people. The American spirit was bruised on September 11, 2001, and our nation was wounded, but that pain didn't stop first responders from running towards danger, prevent families from lining the streets to give blood, or deter school children and teachers from packing boxes of supplies to assist people they had never even met. Those who attacked our country 15 years ago simply did not understand that the people of our nation are at their very best during the hours of greatest need.  While we might bicker internally, and vigorously debate the very freedoms that we enjoy, in the end, we will "circle the wagons" and take care of our people. Our communities are strong and our traditions will endure, despite all the wrinkles and bumps associated with true democracy. The reality is that America still represents something very special, and while our people and systems are not perfect, we are the greatest hope for freedom the world has ever known.

So, as we remember 9/11, let us pray for the families that sacrificed so much, and remember the things that bind us and make our country special "through thick and thin."

Be Well,

Dave