The Star-Spangled Banner will still wave on the 19th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks thanks to Young America’s Foundation.
Spencer Brown, the spokesman for the Young America’s Foundation, told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Wednesday that his organization is set to continue its annual 9/11 project and said this year’s message is even more important that prior ones because “we all need a reminder of what it means to be an American.”
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The 9/11: Never Forget Project, which was started in 2003, aims to ensure that students across the U.S. are properly taught about what happened during the terror attacks nearly 20 years ago. The program was started after YAF learned that many schools and campuses were “either completely ignoring the anniversary or holding a politically correct event instead.”
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Brown said that part of the initiative includes 2,977 being displayed somewhere on a college campus, which he said resonates with some students who may have been very young during the attack. He said for some of these students it may be otherwise just another morning in September.
“When you see nearly 3,000 American flags, you really see the magnitude of the loss that we suffered,” he said.
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Todd Starnes, the host of the radio show, said that the story of the terror attacks is “sadly not being told in many of our public school classrooms.”
Starnes said the attempt to gloss over what happened in New York City is not new and said days after the attacks, networks agreed not to show videos of the two planes crashing into the World Trade Center. He said the theory was that the footage was too graphic.
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“I believe they did it to be politically correct,” Starnes said. “And I believe that that’s a tragedy because I believe everybody needs to understand the history of what happened on that day.”
Brown agreed with Starnes that schools in the U.S. are attempting to replace reality with political correctness.
“They don’t want to bring up the events on 9/11 because it might make some students uncomfortable, or it might make some students feel othered,” he said. “But the fact is that the United States was attacked by terrorists in one of the darkest days in our country’s history.”
But he said, besides the horrors of the attack, the U.S. also came together like never before.
“Americans have always bounced back, I think even stronger than before,” he said. “So by removing the history of the horrible things that happened, you sort of minimize the ability of Americans—in our memory at least—to overcome those things. You look around today and I think we all need a reminder of what it means to be an American.”