In remembrance of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, students in Grades Two through Four joined our Middle School for a special Patriot Day assembly. It has been twenty-two years, but the courage and sacrifice manifested by the men and women serving as first responders on that day and the compassion, perseverance, and unity exhibited by the citizens of New York City and throughout our nation should never be forgotten.
After the morning prayer and today’s Gospel reading, Head of School Lauren Mazzari explained why we pause as a community in remembrance of such a terrible day. “What we need to remember about the day is the part that can help us combat the very evil that made the day happen.” That something is love. She helped students understand that while “there is evil in the world; the events of September 11th are proof that there is love, too.” In closing, she left the students with an important message, quoting the Roman poet, Virgil, “Love conquers all things, so we too shall yield to love.”
After Mrs. Mazzari remarks, all in attendance stood and sang “America, the Beautiful.” We adults who lived through the attacks on September 11, 2001, remember exactly where we were on that fateful day. As we share our remembrances of that day, Mrs. Mazzari reminded us to also remember the outpouring of love and acts of courage we saw in our communities for the victims and their families, for the first responders, for our servicemen and women, and for one another. “Love conquers all.”