United States of America Attacked
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, terrible, frightening things happened in the United States of America.
Some very bad people hurt many, many innocent people. We don't really understand why.
People in the United States, and all over the world, are sad and angry. Here's an
article that expresses how BlackDog feels about it. (Note: To return to this page, click the "Back"
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People in the U.S.A. are strong, though. Already, citizens are rallying together to help each other
and to begin healing and rebuilding. Police, firefighters and other public safety workers
are doing everything they can to help the people who have been hurt and to make sure that no one else is hurt.
These events are very upsetting. There is so much information on television and radio, in newspapers and on
the internet about what happened that things can become confusing and everything might seem to be out of control.
Sometime it helps to have something to do. Here are a few suggestions and bits of information that might help.
Some things kids can do. . . .
Here are two U.S.A. Flags. One to print out and color yourself, and one already colored you can cut out.
- Talk to parents, teachers, counselors and other adults you can trust.
- Write your thoughts and feelings in a diary. If you don't have
a diary, you can start one. It doesn't have to be fancy, just a few
pages of notebook paper and a pencil will do.
- Send your thoughts to the President of the U.S.A., or to a U.S. Senator or Congressman. You might even
want to write to your state representatives. Some addresses can be found
here. You also can send an email to BlackDog, too.
- Turn off the TV. Get out and do something else besides watching the tragedy over and over again.
- Draw a picture of a United States flag, color it and hang it in your bedroom window or on the refrigerator. If you want, you can download one of the flag images below.
- Wear red, white and blue to school to show your patriotism and support for the people who have been hurt by these events.
- Talk to parents, teachers, counselors and other adults about ideas you and other students might have to show your support. For example, set up a lemonade stand after school and donate the proceeds to your local fire department or the Red Cross.
- Fly the U.S.A. flag at half staff.
- Be patient. Know that the grownups in charge of the U.S.A. are doing everything they can to make sure that you, and all of us, are safe and secure.
Send a patriotic postcard to your friends.
Version 1: Print out and color
Version 2: Already colored red, white and blue
A word you probably have heard many times recently is "terrorism." What does that mean? Here's the definition:
Stand together! Lately, we've heard some very disturbing
news: Some people think the U.S.A. war in Afghanistan is "disproportionate" to the attack on the
U.S.A. How can that be? Approximately 3,000 innocent American men, women and children were murdered on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attack. That's more than were killed in the bombing of Pearl Harbor, an act that brought the U.S.A. into the Second World War. Our question is simple: Just how many dead American citizens would it take to make a war against terrorism "proportionate?"
"terrorism" - The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against
people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological
or political reasons. A "terrorist" is a person who engages in an act of terrorism.
Didn't happen? Even more disturbing is news that some
people think it didn't happen! Think again. Here are two photographs sent us showing the plane
flying into the second tower and then the tower exploding into flames: (To return to this page, click your web browser's "back" button.)
Plane flying into second tower.
Second tower exploding in flames.
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