The tragic events of 9/11 unfolded, and our country was united in brotherhood. We had scores of heroes, and we helped one another with selfless acts of kindness. Since then, my school has celebrated “Kindness, Peace, and Love Day” every September. We come together to meet and honor heroes. We talk about the hero in all of us, and the kindness in all of us.
Police Officer Rachel and Firefighter Lindsay joined us this week. They told the children how helping one another and being kind makes them a hero. They shook hands with each and every child. We thanked them for all they do.
Imagine being a child on a playground with the entire school, looking at a big American flag and hearing a real police officer and real firefighter tell you that you can be a hero.
My class proudly held the American flag. The Pre-K class led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and my class sang “God Bless America”, loud and clear. We sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag” with the Kindergarten class. And, we sang a wonderful new patriotic song, “Red, White, and Blue”.
Do you know the pride of holding the American flag and singing patriotic songs, with heroes? I do, and so do the children in my class. It’s hard to sing the words when your heart gets tangled with your throat.
Firefighter Lindsay taught me how to fold the American flag, in front of all the children. They were spellbound. It looked like magic to transform the flag.
And, it was. The children went back to their class or stayed out on the playground. Funny thing, Police Officer Rachel and Firefighter Lindsay stayed. They felt such a part of this event and wanted it not to end. Children talked with them individually. Everyone connected.
Goodness is triumphant. The events that happened after 9/11 have become the foundation for thanking our heroes, seeing the hero in all of us, and celebrating Kindness, Peace, and Love.