LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Rockefeller Elementary is ringing fifteen bells to remember the fifteen years since 9/11, showing their respects for those who lost their lives through a patriotic ceremony. Principal Shotell Richardson said they are teaching kids the history of the day that changed the United States forever.
Every time around this year younger generations learn about the history of 9/11. Most children in school today have no memories tied to September 11th.
Student Jordan Gibans said, “Lots of people lost their lives that day.”
“We should celebrate the people that risked their lives just to save us,” said Cheyenne Schoeb, another student.
While older generations like Principal Richardson reflected on the tragedy that day brought.
“I'll never forget it because I was at a meeting that day," he said. "There were so many people getting phone calls and calling family members who lived in different places to see if they were ok.”
Each person holds on to a different memory. Ashley Osborne, a teacher at Rockefeller, remembered one main thing.
“I remember the footage of the twin towers,” she said.
A feeling of mourning Richardson said she’ll never forget.
“Even though I didn’t know the individuals in the tower, it felt like part of my family was gone,” Richardson said.
People jumping from the burning towers. The fire raging through several floors. The buildings collapsing. Blood and dust covered faces and the unity that came after are all images in our history, in our minds, that will never be forgotten.
Teaching the history of 9/11 is something Rockefeller Elementary will continue to instill in their students.