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GUEST APPEARANCE: America rallied after 9/11; we should again

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On Sept. 11 each year, the bells on the Keuka College campus where I work chime at 8:45, 9:03, 9:43, and 10:10 a.m. to remember those whose lives were taken. Years ago, everyone on campus could remember where they were and what they were doing when they learned that ordinary people in our nation were under attack. Time, of course, has moved on. Today’s college students know 9/11 only as an historical event, in the way that I know Pearl Harbor Day and the day JFK was assassinated.

I was talking with a class of first-year students recently, curious to know how they know 9/11 and what it means to them. The general theme of their responses is that they know it as a horrific event, yet one that brought our country together in ways they’ve not experienced in their lives.

When people who lived through Pearl Harbor and JFK’s assassination share their stories, I can understand how our country came together because I lived through 9/11 and I’ve seen — and........

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