Monday, September 12, 2011
9/11 Program @FrischSchool
This morning, we commemorated the tenth anniversary of 9/11 by gathering our students together for a most meaningful program. The assembly opened with video footage of that tragic day ten years ago, and was followed by a stirring presentation by our own Mr. Russel Moskowitz, a 9/11 survivor who works in our business office. Mr. Moskowitz was on the 79th floor when the attack unfolded. He both related the reality of the incidents of September 11, 2001, and reflected on the events of that day and the impact it has had on his life. His words were designed to have students appreciate their own lives and the often unseen miracles that happen to each of us on a daily basis.
Mr. Moskowitz's presentation was followed by the reading of the Prayer for the Welfare of the United States and an inspiring poem, The Names, by Billy Collins, who was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. We concluded by reciting Tehillim for the first responders of that day who suffer various diseases as a result of their heroic efforts at Ground Zero.
The American flag-draped podium and the program set the tone for a somber and solemn, yet reflective and significant, program.