There was a pretty good turnout for Sept. 11 memorial observances Tuesday noon at Iowa Lakes Community College.
Let's make that a great turnout.
Students and staff knew why they were there - to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the soldiers who have fallen since then in the War on Terror - as well as those who continue to serve.
It doesn't seem like 11 years since that first attack came 8:46 a.m. on a Tuesday morning with blue crystalline skies in Manhattan - as well as Iowa. Like Sept. 11, 2001, the observance yesterday was on a Tuesday as well.
It's good that the students were there to remember that day. Yes, they still remember it.
When you ask younger kids, though, those who were too young to remember the attacks, they don't all remember - if they ever knew.
This is an important piece of our history. The reason it's important is that children need to understand the impact on our nation and people. They also need to understand the sacrifices our men and women in uniform continue to make to this day in the War on Terror.
At this moment, that war continues. Yes, Osama bin Laden is dead. However, our troops remain in Afghanistan, training Afghan soldiers who shoot at them - in fact, this is a source of a major percentage of American casualties.
Understanding these attacks and how we responded to them is important for every American. If the events of Sept. 11, 2001, aren't taught in school, then they should be taught in the home.
This is something that's very important to our history. And it's something that can never be forgotten.