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Providence Remembers 9/11

September 10, 2019 by Elaine Rottman

Providence students setting out memorial flags on September 11, 2018.

In honor of the lives lost on September 11, 2001, Providence School is partnering with the Young America’s Foundation to arrange flags on West Beach to honor each of the people who died in the terrorist attacks. “We do this to make sure this tradition of remembrance is upheld and that our students do not forget those who lost their lives,” said Mr. Rodney Meadth, principal of the middle and high school divisions of Providence School.

Not only does a group of Providence students participate in arranging the 2,996 flags in the early morning hours, but the entire middle and high school student body (grades 7–12) attends the ceremony at West Beach on September 11, which begins with bagpipes at 8:46 am, the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center tower. 

To prepare for this event, on September 10 students—all born after 2001— learned about the world and American historical events leading up to and following the attacks. Humanities teacher Chris Elwood challenged students to remember, “heroes show up in moments of crisis.”

Caroline Corazza, director of advancement, shares her personal experiences of September 11, 2001.

Faculty and staff members also shared with students their own experiences on 9/11/2001, including the account of Caroline Corazza, director of advancement, a Virginia native whose father worked next door to the Pentagon and whose neighbor died in the Pentagon that day. In her experience, the events of that day created a profound life change, a clear demarcation of “before” and “after,” and ignited her passion for identifying and protecting American values of liberty and freedom.