Return to the policy of observing a moment of silence on 9/11

Return to the policy of observing a moment of silence on 9/11

    1. Greg Sachs
    2. Petition by

      Greg Sachs

      Lincoln, MA

To Bella Wong et al.:
September 11th is a day that represents a dark mark on the lives of millions of Americans, including many members of the Lincoln-Sudbury community. As a current senior, I was repulsed by the fact that there was not an all-school moment of silence to observe and recognize the tragedies of that fateful day in 2001. On that day, I was five years old, in kindergarten in Lincoln. Today, I looked at the clock at 8:46 and 9:03am, the times at which planes struck the World Trade Center in New York, expecting to hear a voice crackle over the PA system announcing the start of a moment of silence. The voice never came. I left school today in shock, utterly disgusted at the decision to remove this moment of reflection from the typical schedule of anniversaries of this event. I went home looking for answers and the only one I could find was from people whose teachers told them that "after 10 years, the school thinks it best to move on and put 9/11 behind us,".

Through this petition, we, the students of Lincoln-Sudbury, wish to convey to you that it is NOT acceptable to simply move on from one of the greatest tragedies in American history. It is NOT acceptable to denote September 11th as just another day of the year. The lone counter-argument I can think of is that dwelling on this day is "letting our attackers win" because the goal of terrorism is to invoke fear and anguish. We recognize that this may be an appropriate argument, but in this case, the case of a tragedy of such magnitude, we believe that remembering those who were lost, honoring those who saved them and paying respect to their families is simply the best thing to do.

This is not meant as an attack for not holding a moment of silence this year but a request to make this year the only year since 2001 in which a moment of silence was not held on the anniversary of 9/11. Next year, I will have moved on to college, and I hope to be able to say that I am proud of my high school, a high school that does not disrespect the millions of Americans and global citizens who were affected by tragedy, rather than sweeping it under the rug simply because it was a long time ago.

NEVER stop remembering.

Thank you.

-Greg Sachs '14 and the below signatories

Return to the policy of observing a moment of silence on 9/11

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    • William Barclay LINCOKN, MA
      • 10 months ago

      "after 10 yeas, the school thinks t best to move on and put 9/11 behind us,". This sends a message: history is not important, and terrorism is not a worry. Our students need to grapple with the real world, not a fanciful one.

    • Jennifer Gifun NORFOLK, MA
      • 10 months ago

      My children go to public school in Norfolk, MA and I was equally appalled at the lack of observance-not even a flag at half mast at the school or in town!

    • Susan Chopourian BRAINTREE, MA
      • 10 months ago

      My question is why isn't it important enough to continue to observe?

    • Frank Urro BILLERICA, MA
      • 10 months ago

      Because we should never forget from where we came.

    • Norma Shulman FRAMINGHAM, MA
      • 10 months ago

      Remembering the day, and honoring those we lost, is NOT letting the attackers win. It is just the opposite.


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