A highlight from Teaching 9/11 to the Emerging Generation


A shared national memory is incredibly important to a national identity. Very difficult to maintain the colson center. I'm john stonestreet. This is break one like many of you. I remember exactly where i was on tuesday. September the eleventh two thousand and one. I was preparing to teach a class two of them in fact of college. Freshmen on the topic of christian worldview. Obviously that day my plans for teaching changed. But i also had a very real example of the significance of understanding worldview to understanding the world. Around us i remember the chaos. i remember the confusion. I remember thinking this has changed our world forever and it did those of us that were alive and old enough on that day realized that this was an event of national significance serious as the attack on pearl harbor or the assassination of jfk. And yet i've talked to so many parents and grandparents over the last several months who have realized that nine eleven is not a part of the story of this emerging generation. It's a distant memory. It's a distant history now. Of course the attack on pearl harbor. The holocaust the assassination of jfk. The moon landing all of these are distant history for my generation as well but we were a different type of citizenry. We were type of citizen. Who had a shared national memory. That's something that many in the emerging generation simply do not have. I've been looking for resources to help. Teach the younger generation about nine eleven. That's why i'm so excited for my friends at drive through history this week they will be releasing their special called nine eleven a drive through history special. It'll be released today nine. Pm eastern on youtube over at the drive through history channel or you can see it saturday that one pm eastern time at the break point facebook page. I know many of you are familiar with drive through history and the tremendous job that they do making history come to life. The nine eleven special has also hosted by dave stotts and provides a historical overview of that eventful day to incredible video footage and narration. You walk through the events of nine eleven with highlights on the stories of heroism in the face of such great evil. The team over at drive through history was kind enough to give us a sample of the premier special that they'll be airing for the public later on today and this weekend. Here's a listen. The september eleventh strikes against america often referred to as nine eleven where a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the islamic group. Al qaeda four passenger airliners which departed from airports in the northeastern united states were hijacked by nineteen islamic terrorists. Two of the planes crashed into the north and south towers of the world trade center in new york city. A third plane was crashed into the. Us pentagon in arlington virginia and a fourth plane heading towards washington dc crashed into a pennsylvania field after the passengers fought back against their hijackers. According to scholars nine eleven ended up being the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history. There were two thousand nine hundred. Seventy seven killed over twenty five thousand injured and more than ten billion dollars in property damage. It was also the single deadliest incident for us. Emergency personnel with three hundred forty. Three firefighters and seventy two police officers killed that day in the tragic aftermath of nine eleven it took ninety nine days for the new york city fire department to finally extinguish smouldering fires at the world trade center complex. Then it took another one hundred sixty days to finally declare the cleanup and recovery operation over in the end about two million tonnes of tangled steel and rubble were removed from the site. Next came the process of healing and restoration through designing and building an appropriate structure to memorialize the offense while functioning as meaningful office. Space for economic renewal and lower manhattan. The iconic replacement was finally approved and constructed on the sixteen acres sites. One world trade center in the months after nine eleven. We came together as americans. Like i've never seen in my lifetime. First responders were applauded. Churches were packed. Radio stations played patriotic music. Sports stadiums honored the fallen. The military was revered american. Flags flew on homes schools and businesses everywhere. Indeed nine eleven was tragic. But i've never seen such american patriotism unity and resolve while the country processed. it's grief it also came together across religious political and ethnic divides. We were all just americans. September eleventh is a day to remember an attack on our homeland and attack on our freedom and attack on our very worldview. It's also dates. Remember our fallen. Americans are selfless heroes. It's a day to remind new generations to stay vigilant in defending our country. Our liberty and our way of life once a year on the anniversary of nine eleven especial tribute in light fills the manhattan skyline massive beams of light stretch toward the heavens symbolizing the fallen twin towers. It's a profound way to remember the day. We will never forget. That was just a small town

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