On September 11, 2001, terrorists wishing to destroy the United States of America attacked the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. Two thousand, nine hundred and seventy-seven (2,977) people lost their lives.
We remember, and we honor:
- those who innocently lost their lives,
- those who bravely sacrificed their lives in efforts to save the lives of others,
- and the many men and women who continue to serve and protect the freedoms of this great country.
Through the adversity of this present time, we are confident our students will take the necessary actions rooted in service and kindness to create a more harmonious future out of the current uncertainty and dissonance in today’s world.
Please take a moment to honor those that were lost on this historic and tragic day with a moment of silence.
When on campus, students are encouraged to perform one patriotic act including an act of service or kindness with their words and actions. Today, more than ever, we remain committed to educating our young people to be responsible and engaged citizens, as well as active and informed community members. And so, to commemorate Patriot Day, we recall a pledge recited in classrooms across the country, and we contemplate the weight of these words:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
And to the Republic for which it stands;
One nation under God,
With liberty and justice for all.
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
-Emma Lazarus, November 2, 1883