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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Sep 10, 2008

Just as those who were old enough can remember Pearl Harbor or the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the events of Sept. 11, 2001 will be forever emblazoned on the memories of those who were living during that fateful day in New York.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor claimed 2,403 American lives. The Sept. 11, 2001 attack claimed 2,973, or more than another 500 souls.

The American response was swift and immediate. The next day, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war. Americans then dedicated the next four years to World War II.

The Sept. 11 attacks not only claimed significantly more lives. They also occurred at the financial and cultural soul of America.

So what can we do to honor those who died?

The Estherville Public Library is among libraries nationwide participating in The September Project. The library will observe special hours and activities on Thursday, Sept. 11. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to midnight.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with the flag raising by the Boy Scouts on the library south lawn.

The community will be invited to write thank-you notes and drop them in a box for the Emmet County First Responders, Emergency Management Team, Estherville Police Department, Emmet County Sheriff’s Department, Estherville Fire Department, and the National Guard.

Estherville Lincoln Central student in kindergarten through sixth grade will color flags that will be displayed on the lower-level windows. The flags will have the name and grade of each student. The public is invited to walk around the library and view how students are showing their patriotism. Students, their family and friends are encouraged to find where their flag is displayed.

Show your colors and your patriotism by visiting the library between 8 a.m. and midnight Thursday, Sept. 11.