(h/t Our Weekly)
While African, Latino and Muslim American loss during 911 has largely been ignored — the Time memorial issue controversy — it is important for us not to forget everyone that cries on this day.
“Three 11-year-olds, who were on Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon: Asia Cottom, Rodney Dickens and Bernard Curtis Brown II, had been selected from three different middle schools in Washington, D.C., to travel to the Channel Island National Marine Sanctuary near Santa Barbara, Calif., to participate in a National Geographic Society research project called Sustainable Seas Expedition. They were each traveling with a teacher, and two National Geographic staff members accompanied the group. All perished. But in November 2001, the then-mayor of Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the D.C. public schools, the Department of Parks and Recreation of Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Society, the Anacostia Watershed Society and the Earth Conservation Corp. turned the islands of Kingman and Heritage into sanctuaries in honor of the children and their adult companions.
The islands are located in the Anacostia River, which flows through D.C.”