In the right column is a report about the presentation from my friend, a retired Air Force colonel, last week. Colonel Lane was in Strategic Air Command with President Bush on September 11, 2001. His perspective is resoundingly different from my own.
Last week brought another anniversary of the terror attacks in New York and DC, and the failed attack that took a plane down in Pennsylvania. As parents and teachers, the protective caregivers of precious youths, days like September 11, 2001 really stick out as important, infamous days. We often find ourselves distraught with everyday obstacles in our lives, but on this day our thoughts were spent on other things.
Colonel Lane gave us a run-down of the day and then arrived at the moments when, later in the day, he briefed President Bush concerning our military capabilities and the availability of materiel support, along with a time table for the delivery of such. I didn't catch the first part of his presentation, but I did record most of it in the video below:
Students listened intently to Colonel Lane's account of the day, as well as his experiences in operations in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the Gulf War. Principal Bozarth and Assistant Principal Garrett joined us for this virtual guest speaker, and they remained after the connection to continue the conversation with students.
One of the things we discussed was those moments we live through in history - those times when we remember where we were and exactly what we were doing when we heard about them. For me, that starts with the first moon landing, and continues with hearing about Elvis Presley's death, President Ronald Reagan being shot, the Challenger space shuttle explosion, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Joplin tornado, and of course, the terrorist attack on our country on September 11, 2001.