Sept. 11, 2001 is a day that has not been forgotten and a day that is important to talk about to ensure that future generations don’t forget, said North Augusta Public Safety Chief John Thomas.
Thomas was the guest speaker at North Augusta High School’s Patriot Day ceremony on Sept. 11.
“It was very much an honor for me to be able to convey the message this morning. One of the things I think is important for us as adults is to educate younger generations about 9/11,” he said.
Students gathered in the school’s gym to listen to Thomas and their classmates talk about Patriot Day and its impact on the nation.
“Today is about lives lost and about lessons learned,” Thomas told the students.
He went on to share significant numbers from the tragic day, from the number of people killed to number of first responders who came to the Twin Towers.
He also talked about the importance of not forgetting.
“Ultimately, Patriot Day is about never forgetting what this nation endured that particular day and how it managed to overcome,” he said as he concluded his speech.
The program was student led and generated, said Principal John Murphy.
It was organized by the Navy JROTC, teacher cadets and the Future Business Leaders of America chapter.
“It’s part of our responsibility as educators to not only teach our young people academia but also about patriotism, things that happened in the world, why they’re significant and how we can learn how to be better citizens of the United States,” said Murphy.