The Next Generation Searches for Answers for 9/11

111229095637-9-11-memorial-story-topIt’s been a heartbreaking scene at 9/11 ceremonies in recent years: children honoring mothers or fathers they can’t remember – yet desperately want to know.

Emma Kathryn Hunt is one of them. On Tuesday, she attended a 9/11 ceremony at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Connecticut — near where hundreds of horrified onlookers gathered 12 years ago and watched smoke billow from the Twin Towers, some 50 miles away.

Emma, a middle-school student, joined her mother, grandparents and hundreds of others at the state park, the site of a 9/11 memorial that includes 154 stone plaques on the manicured grounds. Each bears the name of a 9/11 victim who had ties to Connecticut. One is Emma’s father, William Christopher Hunt. Emma was 15 months old when her dad died with nearly 3,000 others at the World Trade Center. A 32-year-old vice president of Eurobrokers, he had worked on 84th floor of the South Tower.

“What do I remember about my dad? Nothing. Absolutely nothing,” Emma told a reporter covering the event. Even so, Emma said that when she goes to bed at night, she gazes at a photo of her dad and herself taken on her first birthday. “It’s on my bedside table. It’s the last thing I look at night. And I tell him, ‘Good night, daddy. I love you. I love you always.'”

She explained, “Everything I know about my dad I know because someone in my family tells me things about him. Mostly, it’s my grandma. She tells me stories about him when he was a kid. Or how I’m like him. But I don’t really know, because I can’t remember him.”

Emma remained composed during the first part of Tuesday’s ceremony, according to Marian Gail Brown’s article in the Westport News. Emma, Brown wrote, “tucked her bright orange-red hair away from her freckled face” as she listened to each speaker: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, and a local minister and rabbi. But “then came the reading of the names of the 161 victims of 9/11 with Connecticut connections in alphabetical order. ‘Laurence Abel’… ‘Allen Patrick Boyle’…’Sandra Campbell’…’Judith Florence Hofmiller’…Emma grabbed her mother by the knee and squeezed. Two more names before the 71st name. Emma leaned into her mom. Her shoulders shook. ‘William Christopher Hunt.’ Her body convulsed. And the tears poured out. Her mom rubbed her back and pulled her adolescent half-girl, half-woman body toward her, whispering to Emma.”

As heartbreaking as that moment was, it wasn’t as heartbreaking as other things that Emma revealed; specifically, that her teachers don’t talk much about 9/11. Emma, however, said she wishes they did discuss the terror attack — even though she worries about what might be said about why her father died.

It’s a troubling revelation. Does she perhaps worry she might be taught the version of 9/11 told by the anti-American left by people like Ward Churchill, the former ethnic studies professor who infamously called people like Emma’s father “little Eichmanns”? That characterization delighted the left, whose members believed that America got what it deserved on 9/11 because of the evils it had visited on foreign lands.

Emma is perhaps too young to learn about the nuances of why they hate us; yet her question goes to the heart of the matter: “I’d like someone to really, really explain why this happened.”

Why hasn’t anybody told her?

Connecticut’s 9/11 ceremony was indeed sad — though not in the way that those who didn’t talk to Emma might have thought.

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  • bob

    It is really true about that

    Thl W100

  • bluffcreek1967

    Unfortunately, this newer generation will not be told how Muslims worldwide intend to destroy the West from within through mass immigration. Neither will they be told how Muslims refuse to assimilate to the host nation, and how they abuse our laws and excessively burden our welfare systems.

    This newer generation will also be told how evil and ‘racist’ whites are, and how peace-loving and ‘tolerant’ Muslims are. It will only be many years later that the current generation will come to realize just how rotten and downright violent the Muslims truly are. But by then, it will be too late.

    The newer generation will also not be told how disruptive it is to white, western nations to have their culture incrementally replaced by non-white and non-assimilating groups and their primitive cultures. Many of them will wake up and look around only to discover that they’ve become aliens in their own land!

  • Walter Sieruk

    One of the answers concerning the jihadist affront against humankind and America on September 11, 2001 it to understand that other likeminded jihadists are still scheming to commit more murder and mayhem here in America. So two things need to be stated. First, we should not live in fear or be afriad to go places or do things because of any jihadist threats, either form al Qaeda ot someother likeminded Islamic terror group. For to live in fear would make the jihadist/emeny happy. Nevertheless, eventhough it’s important that we don’t live in fear we still need to keep aware of our surounding for things that seem not to look quite right.” As in “What’s wrong with this picture ?” As,forexample , the Tee-shirt vender who saw some smoke come out of that parked van anf then let a police officer know about. As it has been said “If you see something, say something.”
    To explain this in another way, the words of wisdom of Thomas Jefferson apply even more today on this subject then in his own time. For Mr. Jefferson stated
    “Let the eye of vigilance never be closed.”