AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn Public Schools and town government took some time Tuesday to remember the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
Principal Joseph Gagnon spoke over the intercom at Auburn Middle School at 8:45 a.m., making a brief announcement that recognized the 11th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11.
Gagnon told the middle school students, who were 1 to 3 years old when the attacks happened, “We shouldn’t forget the 3,000 people who gave up their lives that day.”
“The innocent victims in the planes, the emergency workers and Pentagon workers did not perish in vain,” Gagnon said. The school held a moment of silence for the victims.
The principal also read the timeline of events on Sept. 11 to the students:
“8:46 a.m.: American Flight 11 crashes into north tower of World Trade Center.
9:03 a.m.: United Flight 175 crashes into south tower of World Trade Center.
9:26 a.m.: FAA bans takeoffs of all civilian aircraft.
9:40 a.m.: American Flight 77 crashes into Pentagon.
9:48 a.m.: U.S. Capitol and White House's West Wing evacuated.
9:59 a.m.: South tower of trade center collapses.
10:07 a.m. United Flight 93 crashes in Pennsylvania field.
10:28 a.m. The North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.”
The students were also shown a picture of a New York City fireman calling for 10 more rescue workers to make their way into the rubble.
Gagnon then told the students how there’s now a memorial in New York to “recognize all those lost lives.” He encouraged the students to visit the 9/11 site with their families, and teachers showed the students what the memorial looks like.
Other schools in Auburn planned to have similar commemorations.
At the Board of Selectmen meeting, Selectmen Chair Doreen Goodrich opened the meeting with a 34-second moment of silence to commemorate Sept. 11.
“I’d like us to take a moment of silence and reflect on the lives lost and the lives of family members that were impacted as a result of this tragedy,” Goodrich said.
The Town Hall flag was at half staff Tuesday, as were the flags at memorials around town.