YAF helps younger generation remember to never forget

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

WTC on Sept 11, 2001This Friday is September 11, the somber anniversary of the terrorist attacks, and young Americans are taking time to ensure we never forget the lives lost on that infamous day in 2001.

To help a younger generation understand and remember, the Young America’s Foundation launched the Never Forget Project that memorializes the day with a tribute to the 9/11 victims.

"This is something that Young America's Foundation has been proud to lead on for years now, since 2003,” says YAF spokesman Spencer Brown.

 9/11 Facts and Statistics 

*2,763 people died in the World Trade Center attack. The first plane, flown by five hijackers, hit the north tower at 8:45 a.m.  

*WTC attack claimed the lives of 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 police officers with the Port Authority

*189 people were killed at the Pentagon, including 59 victims on Flight 77, after five hijackers struck it at 9:37 a.m. 

*President Bush addressed a shaken nation at 9 p.m. "Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings," he said, "but they cannot touch the foundation of America." 

*On Dec. 8, Congress names Sept. 11 ‘Patriot Day’ to commemorate the anniversary 

-Information  from History.com website. 

Displays are going up at high schools and college campuses across the country in an effort to help the younger generation know their history. 

A college freshman entering college this fall was born a year after the fateful day, which means that freshman has no memory of watching the second plane hit the South Tower; the iconic image of the U.S. flag being raised at Ground Zero; Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer saying, “Let’s roll!” moments before attacking the hijackers; or President Bush throwing out the first pitch, and a strike, at Yankee Stadium.

Osama bin Laden wanted poster"Every display has 2,977 flags, one for each victim,” Brown says, “and it really just sort of puts into perspective the gravity and sort of the size of the loss that the United States and other countries experienced that day."

Brown participated in a YAF-sponsored Never Forget Project while a student at Regent University and says it stops students in their tracks.

"We set these up all over the country," he says, "on campus quads, and along high school sidewalks, and when people sort of going about their normal morning routine every year come across the memorial, they stop and look and realize, Oh, I remember what today is now, because for some people, it's just another morning for them."

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