We will remember!
I attended a memorial service for 9-11-01 at Calhoun-Gilmer Career
Center last Friday. Many
of the students were in second grade in 2001. Their memories of the
occasion were varied. They remembered how startled the adults in their
families felt about an attack taking place on American soil. It was
something that was never expected.
At first, there were feelings of fear. Parents took
their students out of school. Some feared it was the end of the world.
The teachers were instructed to let the parents inform the children in
their appropriate way.
Fear was followed by anger. How could this happen?
The nation was so angry and full of hatred, but then America bonded together in a
supportive way. Memories were shared of people gathering together in
churches, public buildings, and even the open field at the Hamilton property on High Street. Flags were
everywhere. People were wearing red, white and blue, and small replica
pins were passed out to the assembled citizens.
Firemen and policemen were heroes. People at home
watched the disaster on television.
When news came of children being orphaned by the
plane crash in Pennsylvania
and the attack on the Pentagon, our hearts went out to them and
collections started to help out.
Students and faculty made donations to the Calhoun
and Gilmer fire departments. The goal was to collect 10 cents for each
person that was killed that day. Last Friday, the fire departments
explained some of their specialized equipment to the students and
answered their questions. Volunteer community service was empathized as
a way for all ages to help preserve our way of life.
We may be discouraged at times, but current
students will remember the stories that are told and will work for the
future of our nation.
will not forget.
Calhoun Days was a fitting celebration for our way
of life. Many people said that it was such a relaxing day, with lots of
visiting and low key entertainment.
We commend the committee and volunteer workers who
decided to continue the event, even though they had to work through the
handicap of low funds and resignation of key leaders.
Children were exposed to old fashioned fun, like
fishing, corn hole competition, hay rides and tours of Heritage Village.
Adults liked the flea market and food, and enjoyed the beautiful park.
committee has several openings for board members. This could be your
volunteer service for our county.
Think about what you can do. Volunteer!