A Palm Beach Gardens High School senior who was a toddler when about 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, was recognized Thursday for her essay on the subject.
Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation President Tom Murphy announced Rebecca Newbold as the winner of this year’s 9/11 essay contest. She wrote about how the attacks affected the U.S. and the future of the world.
The attacks on 9/11 led people to pledge to never forget, Murphy said.
“The events of that tragic day back in 2001 caused us to promise, ‘We will never forget,” he said. “This is meant to never forget the 3,000+ victims in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa,” he said. “To never forget the heroic actions of police officers, firefighters, emergency personnel and average citizens. To never forget how that day felt to all of us and to ensure a similar event would never ever happen again.”
But today’s high school students only know about the events of the day in a historical context, Murphy said. The essay contest is to serve as an “inspirational vehicle” to improve student’s understanding of that day.
Newbold will read her essay at the 9/11 memorial service 4 p.m. Sunday at Palm Beach Gardens High School, 4245 Holly Drive. The memorial procession starts at 3:30 p.m.
Newbold won second place last year for her essay about the emergency personnel and ordinary citizens affected by the attacks.