Teaching Kids the Legacy of 9/11

September 11, 2001 -- While many of today's school kids are too young to have witnessed it first hand, teachers and parents say it's important to keep the legacy alive.

For the past two years, the Sweetman family has brought their two year old son Jackson to the 9/11 flag memorial, hoping to instill in him the memory of 9/11 from an early age.

"I just want him to know it was such a memorable part of our history, it was a really sad time where so many peiople lost their lives," says Jackson's mom, Janice. "So many people fight for his freedom."

The Sweetmans say they plan to bring Jackson to the memorial every year. It's normally at Murfee Elementary School, but was moved to Miller Park on 74th St. this year.

"It was a horrible day in our history, but I think it's also important to realize how strong we are as a nation, to be able to come back from that," says Jared Sweetman, a firefighter. "And I think it's important to teach our kids."

The events of 9/11 can be difficult for anyone to grasp. But, for kids too young to witness it first hand, it can be even harder.

"9/11 is impactful all the way around, regardless if its our younger students or our older students," says Joni Rodela, who helps design the social studies curriculum for Lubbock Independent School District. She says it's a delicate - but crucial - classroom topic.

"It is part of our history, and for the first time none of our elementary students were not alive during 9/11. So, it really is a neat opportunity for these kids to recognize the heroes that we have in our culture," according to Rodela.

The Sweetman's son won't enter school for a few years. But hopefully by then, he should already have a grasp of what 9/11 means.

"We're hoping to make this an annual thing. As he grows up he'll know exactly what this stands for."

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