Today is the 17th anniversary of 9/11, and one school in Dickinson, ND is dedicating the entire day to educating its students on the event that shook our nation.
The students at Trinity Catholic Schools are paying tribute to the victims of 9/11 by remembering them in their morning prayers and dressing up in red, white, and blue.
“We just wanted to raise awareness and keep those people in our prayers and thoughts,” said Phoebe Diem, a Trinity Catholic High School junior.
Father Kregg Hochhalter said for him 9/11 is different than any other event for Americans.
“Because it happened on American soil. . . as an American it separates itself from other events in the world”.
Diem said the event is one that she and her classmates have the most questions about.
“My parents were alive. . . Its just more relatable, because it directly affected our families”.
Trinity Catholic High School social studies teacher Carter Fong said he shares his memories of that day with his students from when he was their age.
“I remember watching one of the morning news shows and seeing the first tower fall, and then the second tower fall. . . we watched the news coverage throughout the day at school”.
Now after twelve years of teaching its getting tougher for him to educate his students on the topic.
“In the beginning the students had a pretty clear memory. They were alive, and they remembered 9/11, and now my seniors were roughly one year old,” said Fong.
While teaching about the event, Fong tells his students that airports are a lot different today than they were before 9/11.
“We had to beef up security since then. . . you have to get to the airport two hours early”.
However, Father Hochhalter said their is still one question that remains for students.
“Why did they do it ?”
Which Father Hochhalter said is question that is still hard to give a student an answer to 17 years later.
Also on Tuesday Trinity Catholic Schools found time to pay tribute to local first responders in the Stark County area.
“We need to always recognize what they do. . . thank them. . . and also pray for them and their families,” said Msgr. Patrick Schumacher, VP Trinity Catholic Schools.
During intermission of Trinity’s volleyball game against Glen Ullin- Hebron, the school’s newly renovated gymnasium was blessed.
School officials also wanted to use the time to pay tribute to first responders.
Those who sacrificed their lives on 9/11 and the ones who serve Stark County, and many of them were in attendance during the gym dedication ceremony.
“Yeah it is an honor to be included in something like this. . . especially in something that means so much to them and the community,” said Patrolwoman Jenny Rea, who attended the ceremony with Sgt. Corey Lee of the Dickinson Police Department.
Renovations on Trinity’s Knights of Columbus Activities Center cost about $800,000.