In November, the 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit was at King. Firefighters from New York spoke to students and staff about the attack on the United States, and the lives that were lost.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 343 firefighters lost their life trying to rescue others from the attack on New York’s World Trade Center. Many people have been affected by this terrorist attack and some people are still coping to this day.
“When it was happening, I thought it was all an accident when the first plane hit the first tower. When I found out that the second plane hit, then I knew something was wrong,” said Ronaldo Robldo, retired New York City firefighter. “When I got there it was hours later. It looked like a war zone. I knew a lot of people were dead. I knew a lot of my friends were dead.”
Although students may not remember the attacks, their older relatives and teachers do. They remember the heartache felt at that time.
“I remember this happening and I was in fifth grade. I remember watching the footage with my mom and just being in absolute disbelief,” said world history teacher Dan Wolford.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, many people are scared and feel unsafe in this country. It is uncertain if this will happen again. If it does, will America be prepared?
“It’s really important that we understand this, so I think the fact that they are taking the time to travel from New York to put this on for us is phenomenal,” said Wolford.
The exhibit gave students the opportunity to learn about the events of that tragic day.
“We lost several hundred firefighters due to the 9/11 explosion. Having the exhibit on hand allows our students the opportunity to really come into first-hand contact and knowledge with the series of events that took place on that day,” said Assistant Principal Lawrence Fitz.