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National September 11 Memorial & Museum National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Flight 93 National Memorial
The overwhelming majority of Americans have no direct insight into the US military and are thus unable to make informed decisions as citizens about our armed forces and veterans. Young people learn best by seeing and doing, and developing experienced, empathetic, and active citizens and leaders means that students should explore current military bases and significant historic / memorial sites so they can learn about the people and lives lost in service to our country, interact with current and retired armed forces members, let them know they care, and discover for themselves. These are critical learning experiences for all of our students, and all young people should take part in opportunities like these. In the past 4 years, University School students have been to the USS Ralph Johnson - DDG 114, (a native son of Charleston who gave his life to his comrades in Vietnam and was honored with
a posthumous Medal of Honor), National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, National Naval Aviation Museum, NAS Pensacola, USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park, Joint Base Charleston, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, USS Charleston LCS 18, and Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. Small groups of students attend the annual ceremonies marking the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. All students experienced a graduation and tour of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., and a graduation and tour of Fort Jackson. We also took one of the last tours of the Save The USS Clamagore (SS-343) with a former member of her crew and hosted the The Official Parris Island Marine Band Brass Quintet for a public performance. The pandemic led to the cancellation of our tours of U.S. Coast Guard Base Charleston, the MV Cape Decision RO/RO ship, and Colonial National Historical Park - Yorktown, VA.
We've also visited Arlington National Cemetery, National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, several other D.C. area memorials, and the Flight 93 National Memorial.
Our youth leaders were able to visit the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial while visiting Washington, D.C. What a testament to the lives lost. Beautiful. Unforgettable. Heartbreaking.
Such was the case at Ford’s Theatre the night of April 14, 1865, when, for the first time in history, a U.S. president was assassinated. The country not only mourned the loss of its great leader, it also lamented the end of a peace that had just been won in a brutal, four-year Civil War. When President Abraham Lincoln died the next morning, the country also grieved an innocence that was gone forever. Nothing was the same after that.
The country was scarred by these national tragedies. These events serve as significant markers along the continuing timeline of history and are seared into the memory of those who lived through them.
Do you remember where you were when you first realized that the United States was being attacked on September 11, 2001?
Image credit: Library of Congress, the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre days after the assassination. The boot spur of the murderer was reported to have caught in the flag on the right-front of the box as he jumped onto the stage after firing the fatal shot; National September 9/11 Memorial & Museum, aerial view of the grounds of the World Trade Center Memorial site, the two footprints of the Twin Towers now serve as fountains amidst a grove of trees.
Flight 93 National Memorial
National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Saudi Arabia is the primary financier of the effort to subvert the nation through their Islamist ideology. It is estimated that at least 80% of US mosques were established with and still receiver significant funding from Saudi agents. Saudi Arabia is also conducting psychological operations through schools ranging from middle school to prestigious universities which demonize western democracies, blaming them for the ills of the Islamic world and advancing Islamic arguments and rituals.
Saudi Arabia has hired armies of attorneys and lobbyists that shamefully fight the legitimate claims of the 9/11 families. They have dragged us into a genocidal war in Yemen and are attempting to spark one with Iran. They are also arming to the teeth and even getting nuclear technological assistance that could potentially result in the development of a nuclear weapon in the hands of a nation that committed 9/11. We must stop them.