September 11, 2015

Today was the 14th anniversary of the awful events that occurred on this day in New York City, Washington DC and out in Pennsylvania in 2001. We observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m. on campus and the chapel bell was rung more than a minute each time.
 
In many ways we have moved on from the horror of that day, though in others we seem trapped at times; overly suspicious and ever fearful of another such event. Sadly, incidents of terrorism in our nation are generally more "home grown" than caused by outside agents. The overheated rhetoric surrounding this challenge does not help. There have been a number of occasions when I am reminded of the words of Ben Franklin, that those who sacrifice freedom in the name of security, deserve neither. It remains even now, an incredibly difficult issue, full of emotions that cloud reason and judgement. Certainly not one that is easy to talk about...

We also completed the installation of the monument given by the Class of 2015. It is a stone marker on which the seals of the various service academics are attached. It includes a wonderful quote from Abraham Lincoln...you will have to check it out yourself to read it; the marker is located at the base of the flagpole by the tennis courts.

I am a believer in the importance of such monuments. Their symbolic value is especially important to a community, in order to insure that we think about and remember the service of others. We have a few of them around campus, and I suspect more will be added in time.
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Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.