September 11, 2001, was remembered all across the Oak Lawn-Hometown District 123 community today.
Select Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School students attended the annual memorial service held at the train station earlier today. At 9:11 this morning the memorial took place among steel beams from the original World Trade Centers to remember the lives lost and thank our first responders. Mayor of Oak Lawn, Sandra Bury addressed the students in the audience.
“I want to thank you for being here students from OLHMS. We do this for you, we want you to know what this day means and how important it is to our nation’s history,” said Bury.
Later in the day, Sofia Georgelos’ 8th-grade students were able to visit the scenes of that day, in addition to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, thanks to Google glasses, using virtual reality. Students were able to tour the museum and see relics from the World Trade Center, including a fire truck from the scene, the last pillar removed from the wreckage, which still holds pictures and messages from the site, and personal items from those who lost their lives that day.
“The biggest thing is for them to understand the victims of 9/11 to remember them on this day. And then I want them to see how America came out of this situation, how we united as one country that’s what I want them to think about. How did this change America and how did it bring us together,” she said.
Through the virtual field trip and lessons, her message seems to be getting across to our younger generation.
“I feel sad, but I am happy we learned so much from it,” said Phillip. “While its important to remember the people who died, I think its also important to learn about the people who saved others that day and see how far our nation has come”.
Georgelos’ students will take a walking field trip to the Oak Lawn 9/11 Memorial on Thursday.