Like most of the cadets he commands at Benedictine, Lawson Turner has only slight memories of Sept. 11, 2001.
"I remember my mother picked us up. I was not sure what was happening,'' said Benedictine's cadet brigade commander. "I thought it was a day we got out of school for some reason.''
After today, all 323 of the school's students have a better understanding and appreciation of the events that changed America 12 years ago Wednesday.
"It's like the Fourth of July,'' said BC headmaster Fr. Frank Ziemkiewicz. "It just has to be constantly put in front of them.''
BC's 9/11 Tribute Ceremony was part memorial, part dedication as the school unveiled two new gifts that will always remind students of the losses suffered in New York' Arlington, Va. And Shanksville, Pa. as
Byron and Marilyn Stephens donated a flag bearing the name of 9/11 victims. And Col. Richard LaRossa dedicated a piece of limestone from the wall of the Pentagon.
"I've had it in my office for a couple of years,'' said LaRossa, BC's senior Army instructor. "And i thought since i came to BC that this would be a reverent place to leave it.''
This morning's ceremony, which included a video timeline presentation, left an impression on the cadets.
"This really brought things home. This is actually the first time I've seen the video, the full video in a long time,'' said BC senior Daquan Waldron. "It's an important date, we have to remember it and we really talk about that.''
"I hope the next generation,'' added Turner, "is more understanding of the importance of this day.''
This one will be only by being reminded of what they don't fully remember.
"We think this will send a remembrance to our students who at the time were two- and four-years old,'' Ziemkiewicz said. "This will allow them to participate in that moment from when they were so young.''
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