With Tuesday marking the 17th year since the 9/11 attack, United Way’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ competitor Susan Harper recalled the very time that she heard of the unfortunate news.
“I received a phone call from work that said ‘you need to go home’ and I’m a federal employee, so they wanted federal employees to go home. So, I came home, turned on the news, I had no idea what happened – until I got home later that evening,” said Harper.
Knowing that most children were not born during the incident, Harper found a way to keep in memory all of the brave people who had lost their lives by providing flags to be displayed within different Marion County Schools.
“As time goes by, it becomes less familiar. When distant, we sometimes tend to forget. It’s September 11th, we do not want to forget. It is a huge day in our history, especially in the school system, since many of those children were not born,” Harper said.
Marion County Schools Superintendent Gary Price said that by remembering both the 9/11 event and helping United Way with donations, the community shows support in more ways than one.
“The two really go hand-in-hand. The good citizenship, patriotism, supporting those around you and supporting those that are defending us whether it is in our homeland against terrorism or overseas,” stated Price. “I just hope that some students and schools do take opportunity with this two fold adventure to help increase student awareness of the events of 9/11 and then also to help support a very worthwhile groups associated with the United Way.”
Flags will also be available for $1 at Tuesday evening’s East-West Stadium soccer game.
For information on how to purchase an American flag, sponsor or to make a donation as a whole you can contact Susan Harper at (267) 987-3720.