Today, Mr. Bob Mahany’s Global History and Geography class at Lake Shore Senior High School took time to learn about the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. Mr. Mahany described how he and the rest of the school learned about the attacks when they happened and how our country changed in the aftermath. Using examples of heightened security measures students recognize as normal every day actions at school, to changes in the way we travel and attend entertainment events, he painted a picture of how life in the United States was before the attacks.
“9-11 to me is what Pearl Harbor was to my father,” commented Mahany. “He’s 90 years old and can still tell you exactly where he was when that attack happened. I was right here in this room. What you experience as normal everyday things in life now, those who were old enough to remember what happened see as a turning point in our lives.”
Students listened to Mahany’s description of the events of that day and were encouraged to interact with their own thoughts and questions. Earlier in the day, students took a moment during daily announcements to address the attack and reflect on our country. Both were powerful lessons on a day of remembrance.