Hall of Heroes
Jakeisha G., 13, Florida
I nominate my dad. He is in the Navy and works hard to keep me safe. He has to go out in the ocean to watch for the bad people in the world.
Rachael G., 9, Illinois
Who would I call a hero? Daddy! My dad worked hard on the George Washington Bridge because of what happened. I could not see him a lot because of this.
Cristina A., 9, New York
Rosa Parks is the biggest hero of all time because she fought for something that she believes in, like civil rights. Her actions led to the civil rights movement. I am glad the South is no longer segregated because I have white and black friends and I don't know what I would do without any of them!
Rebecca C., 12, North Carolina
I think George W. Bush should be in the Hall of Heroes.
Tyler T., 10, Alabama
Second period couldn't have been more normal than that day. You remember that day, I can guarantee that. You were with me. Yes...all you in America and all over the world were with me when the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed. I remember it like it was yesterday. A teacher came running in, telling us to turn on the TV because a tower had just been hit by a plane. We were the first class to know about it. As I watched the horrid footage of the Trade Center burning, and not long after, falling, I began to cry. The rest of that day was just a blur. The line to the payphone was unbelievably long, and cell phones were unreachable. Kids were so desperate to reach their parents but there was no way to. I couldn't walk down the hallway without seeing someone else and instantly feeling their pain. Once I finally got home, I found out that my dad was going to go to New York to help dig. He's a trained search-and-rescue professional and specializes in confined rescue. I helped him pack his things and kissed him goodbye. Aware that might be the last one, I kissed him again and told him I loved him. And that was it...my family had to let him go. He arrived in New York on September 12, early morning. We didn't hear from him for three horrifying days. It had never felt so good to hear his voice as it did that day. He stayed in New York for a week and endured the hell that we all wish had been a bad nightmare. Ever since he came back from New York, he's never been the same. His emotional wounds will never be healed. This is my hero, America.
Marley C., 13, Virginia
Mr. Jim Beavers Sr. is my hero because he fought in World War II. He has also dedicated himself to helping veterans and others who need financial help. He has taken an influential role in the community. He is interested in the classroom so much that he opened a teacher's account for supplies that our class might need. Being financially well-to-do, Mr. Beavers is a very giving person and a friend to everyone. He stands up strong for our kids in the community.
Chesney S., 12, Tennessee
I would like to nominate all of the firefighters and police officers who were there on September 11, 2001, to try and help save people's lives. I would like to say "THANKS" to all those firemen and policemen. We lost some of our firefighters and policemen, too, on that sad day, and my heart goes out to their families and loved ones. May God bless you as the one-year anniversary for that sad, sad day comes up.
Alyssa M., 8, South Carolina
I nominate all Americans as our heroes because we together have worked to overcome this terrible tragedy. We have all had to sacrifice in one way or another, through jobs and family. America will not fall down from this and with Americans working together we will remain united as one.
Monica D., 11, Florida
I want to nominate my Uncle Joey and all his police people. They keep everyone safe and I pray for them every night. I love him so much for all his work.
Kristina V., 6, California
I would like to nominate my Uncle Doug. He is in the Navy. He is my hero because last year on September 11 he was in his office at the Pentagon when the airplane hit the building. He was very brave and spent the whole day pulling people out. He went to the hospital with them, and for a long time after that he worked night and day rescuing people. Our family was very scared that day because we didn't know what happened to him. He finally got through to tell us he was OK, but he had to be there to help everyone else. He is very strong and brave and I love him very much.
Maggie Z., 9, Ohio
I would nominate my Dad. He is my hero because he is the Deputy Chief of our city's fire department. I think he is very brave. He works in a city that is very poor. So poor that they have had to lay off firefighters because they can't pay them. These firefighters work every day with old equipment and very few people on each shift. To make matters worse, there is a lot of crime in the city, and even the fire engines have been hit by gunfire. My Dad is a very smart man and went to college, and he could be anything he wanted but he chose to be a firefighter. He even chose to stay in a city that is very poor. I love my Dad and I am very proud of him; he truly is my hero.
Jacob Z., 10, Ohio
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