Glenville – The power of images of jet planes blasting into skyscrapers is undeniable.
There is power in even simple images and gestures.
So the Burnt Hills-Bolston Lake girls volleyball team, none of whom were even born on September 11, 2001, played their part on a Friday afternoon, 250 little Americans in neat rows on the front lawn of the Church of the Immaculate. Put up flags Conception on Route 50.
The Spartans will host schools across the state for their annual fall tournament on Saturday, and because it actually falls on September 11th this year, as it did 10 years ago, school district parent Patty Newman will be singing again at the tournament. National Anthem to begin.
Because the current high school students themselves did not witness the terrorist attacks, head coach Gary Byn said that making them a public display with the flag could help the team appreciate the seriousness of the events in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania 20 years ago.
“We, as adults, have to make sure that each generation remembers these things,” he said. “And it’s up to us. It’s up to us to remember the lives lost and the people who went there. So many people.”
“It’s so important to get kids involved, and we’re very proud of our kids and what they do. Things like this are so important to help those people remember and how it affected our country.”
Christine Goss, director of the Immaculate Conception’s Evangelization and Catechism, came up with the idea for the flag display.
Her daughter, Soph, is a senior on the volleyball team, and it seemed a natural way to employ their tight-knit group in a way that would remember those killed in the attacks and the sacrifices made by first responders.
“We focus on this every year in our social studies class,” said Soph Goss. “I think we have a great understanding, even though we weren’t alive at the time. But we certainly have a lot of respect for what happened and the people who passed away and all the first responders.
“It was shocking. We saw the street view of it and then the news footage, and I think the difference between what we saw in the news and what we saw outright was insane.”
“We’ve never experienced anything like this, but we can empathize with them,” said senior Carly Rizzotarski. “In April last year, we saw a full video of planes hitting the tower and broadcast the news. Our teacher told us we could leave the room if we wanted to, if it was too hard. But I think it showed everyone and put us in their place, so that we can have empathy for them. “
Before the team could get all their flags on the field, some well-wishers blew their car horns as they were walking on Route 50.
The Spartans learned that even small gestures can have an effect.
“It’s important to remember this every year to maintain respect for what we’ve lost,” Rzzotarski said.
“I remember coming here North Rockland [for the tournament in 2001] And saying, ‘Yeah, it’s still smoking when we left,'” Byn said. “I remember Warwick coming up and saying, ‘We have six kids and our whole town Fireman.’ Six children wanted to come up and play.
“Vanonta’s coach emailed me yesterday and said ‘Thank you so much for doing this, for doing the national anthem.