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Remembering 9/11 – Patriot Day and Two Perfect Books for Young Grandchildren

The “We Remember” banner was designed by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The flag contains three images, each representing locations of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The left side of the flag depicts theWorldTradeCenter inNew York. The top right side of the flag bears an image of the Liberty Bell to representShanksville,Pa., the site where United Flight 93 crashed. The bottom right side of the flag depicts the Pentagon where terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the building.





By:  Amy Lockhart,  Seminole County, Florida School Board Member-Elect, District 4

September 11th – Patriot Day! We will remember the 2,977 lives that were taken in the violent September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The American flag will be flown at half-staff at our homes, businesses, the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings at home and abroad.

We will observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M., the time the first plane struck the North Tower of  the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

As President George W. Bush remarked on the first remembrance of Patriot Day in 2002, “…we remember and honor those who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We will not forget the events of that terrible morning nor will we forget how Americans responded in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in the skies over Pennsylvania — with heroism and selflessness; with compassion and courage; and with prayer and hope. We will always remember our collective obligation to ensure that justice is done, that freedom prevails, and that the principles upon which our Nation was founded endure.”

Below, I have included the Amazon.com links to just two of the many patriotic children’s books on the market…you may find them interesting for your own family.  Of course, the Seminole County Public Library has many resources as well!

May you take time to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, and share with your grandchildren the stories of patriotism – the commitment we have to one another as Americans – that exemplify our Nation’s true character.  

Inspired by her own granddaughter Natalie, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, tells a story through a child’s eyes of what family life is like when a parent is at war across the world.

When her father leaves for a year of being at war, Natalie knows that she will miss him. Natalie is proud of her father, but there is nothing to stop her from wishing he was home. Some things do help her feel better. Natalie works with her Nana to send her dad and the other service men and women cookies and treats they have made. Natalie, her mom, and her brother can see and talk to Dad over the computer, and the kindness of friends at school and at church help her feel supported and loved. But there is nothing like the day when her Dad comes home at last.

America: A Patriotic Primer is a succinct history of the United States, an ABC of the principles on which this country was founded, and a book for children and families to pore over, discuss, and cherish.

A is forAmerica,

the land that we love.

B is for the Birthday

of this country of ours….

To choose the twenty-six people and ideas that comprise the book, Lynne Cheney has drawn on a lifetime of learning about the American past, and on the inspiration that comes from witnessing recent history firsthand. Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser imbues Mrs. Cheney’s words with childlike joy through her exuberant drawings. Together they have created a patriotic primer, a book that teaches history by celebrating the diversity, tenacity, and faith of the American people.

This A to Z of America frames the story — and the miracle — of our country.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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