Remembering 9-11:  The story of bravery

By: Jayden Hashimoto


On September 10, 2021 Waiakea High School hosted an event at the Ken Yamase Memorial Stadium at lunch to remember the people who lost their lives on 9/11/2001. We celebrated the 20 year anniversary of 9/11 by starting off the ceremony with the releasing of birds to symbolize the spirits of those we lost.  Boy Scouts Michael Kitamura and Sean Chilson posted the colors while Meili Aspen sang the National Anthem. Members of WHS Club Ka Leo Wai performed Hawaii Pono’i, while Waiakea alumni Logan Tsuji performed Taps on the trumpet.


What is 9/11? The origin of 9/11 was 4 coordinated terrorist attacks on the United States by the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda. They hijacked 4 commercial airplanes and were set to hit main American points of government.  Two planes hit the north and south towers of the US trade center. One plane hit the Pentagon, and one plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. They said that that plane was headed to the U.S. Capitol, but the passengers tried to overpower the hijackers. Nearly 3000 people died and nearly 25,000 were injured.


We honor 9/11 to remember this tragic event that unfolded out of nowhere. We also honor 9/11 to all the people who lost their lives on that day and people who got injured. Many Americans believe we should keep remembering this day because, in US history to this day, it was the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S soil. People’s families were destroyed out of nowhere and their lives should always be both remembered and honored.  It is a sad day in our history, but an important day to pay respect.