September 11th, 2001; the date of a terrorist attack on America, will forever be a date instilled in our memory and history books.   

On that day, people throughout America pause during their busy day in order to ponder the compelling significance of the event.

TVs were pulled into all common areas and hallways where students, staff and faculty all watched the news unfold together,” Providence Academy theatre director Mrs. Melissa Simmons recalled. “Classes were cancelled for the rest of the day. Daily chapel began at 11, and the scheduled speaker stepped aside for a prayer service that lasted the rest of the day.” 

With an event of this magnitude, it is important to consider all the possibilities as to why it happened.

“Maybe they thought, I’m doing this for my family, my country [and] my God,” Simmons suggested. “Maybe they believed that what they were doing was good. ” 

The Lions for Life club of PA makes it their duty to always remember the innocent lives that were lost, and to encourage others to do the same.

“Each of the lives that were ended on 9/11 mattered very greatly,” Megan Healy, a member of the Lions for Life club said.

This year, as they have done in previous years, members of the Lions for Life placed flags along the building, representing the victims of the attack.  

“Putting up flags in remembrance of these lives, teaches all members of the Providence community that each life has great dignity and deserves respect,” Healy said, “In response to witnessing these flags, Lions for Life hopes the Providence community never forgets the great tragedy of 9/11 that undermined the intrinsic value of every human life and that the Providence community has a greater love for their neighbor as they treat each other with the dignity all people deserve.”

This day in history has ignited a new level of respect from many people around the world and at PA.  It has encouraged everyone to be reverent and remember that all life is precious and should be treated as such.

“It’s more than a hashtag,” Simmons concludes. “It has shaped our world and our world view. We will always remember that day.” 

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