Patriot Day and National Day of Prayer and Remembrance is today. The United States was attacked by Al Qaeda terrorists on this day in 2001. The terrorists commandeered four passenger planes. They crashed two planes into the World Trade Center in New York City and one plane into the Pentagon. The fourth airplane, destined for Washington, DC, crashed into western Pennsylvania. It appears the passengers tried to regain control of the aircraft. More than 3,000 people died in the attacks. The country responded by attacking possible Al Qaeda cells and other terrorist groups. Security within the country became more stringent. An excellent source of information for children is Dennis Brindell Fradin’s September 11, 2001, published by Marshall Cavendish.
Benjamin Franklin stated in 1773, “There never was a good war or a bad peace.” Idea: Children could comment on his statement.
Annapolis Convention was held from September 11 through September 14, 1786, in Annapolis, Maryland. The formal name of the meeting was The Meeting of Commissioners to Remedy Defects of the Federal Government. Delegates from New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia met to discuss economic interests. They concluded the meeting by calling for another meeting of all the states. This new group ended up being the Constitutional Convention. Older children can read some of the convention documentation at: Annapolis Convention.
ZR-1 (the largest functioning dirigible) flew over the Woolworth Tower (New York’s tallest building at the time) in 1923. The USS Shenandoah, the first of four dirigibles, could travel about 70 miles per hour. Its maiden voyage was on September 4, 1923. It crashed during a storm in Ohio on September 3, 1925.
Matthew Cordell (born Greenville, South Carolina, 1975) writes and illustrates books for children. He wrote and illustrated Wolf in the Snow and earned the 2018 Caldecott Medal. Two of his other works are Bear Island and Trouble Gum.
William Sydney Porter (born Greensboro, North Carolina, 1862; died New York, New York, June 5, 1910) wrote short stories under the pseudonym O. Henry. Two of his most famous stories are “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Ransom of Red Chief.” Children can read some of his works at: Project Gutenberg.
Lois Ruby (born San Francisco, California, 1942) writes books for young adults. Her works include Steal Away Home and Eddie Whatever. Children can learn more about her at: https://www.washburn.edu/reference/cks/mapping/ruby/index.html.
Alfred Slote (born Brooklyn, New York, 1926) has written over 30 books for children. His works include Finding Buck McHenry and My Robot Buddy. Children can visit his website at: Alfred Slote.