Paul Mazza Remarks on September 11th


The following comments were made on the public address system at South Hill’s School on September 11, 2002, at approximately 9:40 AM. Almost all of our students, faculty and staff members were at their desks and were able to listen

“This is Paul Mazza. I would like you to join with me in a first grade exercise.

Please take out a sheet of blank paper. Put a dot in the center of that sheet. Draw a circle around the dot about the size of a dime.

Then, draw a second circle about the size of quarter and a third circle about the size of a half dollar.

Draw another circle about the size of the baseball and another circle about the size of a softball.

Finally, draw a circle about the size of a soccer ball.

The first circle, the size of a dime, represents you. The second circle, about the size of quarter, is your immediate family.

The third circle is your extended family. The fourth circle includes all your friends. The fifth circle is your town. And the sixth circle is your country.

On September 11, 2001, the police and firemen in New York City decided to spend their dimes, and 100 percent of themselves, to help other people in the World Trade Center.

On September 11, 2001, the men and women on flight 93 when it crashed in Pennsylvania made the same investment decision.

Now, on September 11, 2002, and for every September 11 for the rest of our lives, we have to decide where to spend our own dimes.

Each circle on your page needs your dime.

Spend your dime wisely every day, starting inside the circle that includes your family.

We will all be going around in circles today. I am partly consumed by grief. Partly by anger. Partly by a desire for revenge, and that is not a good thought. And partly by a determination to do what I can to make certain that terrorism does not continue for one hour beyond the time it takes to wipe it out.

Do your best today for your family, your friends, your town and your country.”

Paul Mazza Remarks on September 11th was last modified: September 11th, 2015 by William Arbuckle