SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Greene County 4-H Youth Development Program presented its “September 11th Reflections” exhibit at the historic Fox Theater in Springfield over the weekend to commemorate the attacks terrorists of September 11, 2001.
Organizers said it took them over a year to get the project up and running and they spoke with countless first responders in the Ozarks, even some who were at zero on September 11.
Maya Hufman, president of the Greene County 4-H Teen Council, said the event was aimed at uniting the country.
“We come together because we have all felt pain,” Hufman said. “These stories really help us connect with these people. Really bring that out and show how important it is to our younger generations and to people who may not necessarily have realized how important it is and how much it has changed us as Americans. .
The exhibit consists of a series of interviews with first responders, artwork, and a long-form video that was edited in the theater.
Monte Sontheiner is a member of Greene County 4-H who has conducted numerous interviews. He said people’s reactions were very telling.
“It was really real. I would say it was very deep and moving for a lot of people, ”said Sontheiner. “I think September 11 should always be remembered. We need to remember our past because it will always affect our future.
Hufman said we have to tell these stories because it has changed everyone’s lives.
“We have to pass it on to our future generations because of how it affected them and how it affected America,” Hufman said.
Karla Deaver, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, said one of the main points of this event was to make you feel something, rather than just reading about 9/11.
“But when you actually speak with someone who was there, it has an impact, they’re going to remember it a lot more,” Deaver said. “So they’re not just going to read the story of this event and its significance for our country. They will feel it.
The event organizers also held a candlelight commemoration in the central square on September 11.
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