Three Oxford teens wrote a sond last year about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
It began when Austen Braatz and Greg Spear were discussing how terrible it was that first responders into the World Trade Center were not invited to a 10th anniversary ceremony in New York City. The Oxford students wanted to do their small part to recognize first responders in the only way they knew how: through music.
The next day, the duo created a song titled “Our Heroes: A tribute to all of the heroes who dedicated themselves on Sept. 11, 2001.” The sang lyrics such as… “In our hearts you will always be a hero in the eyes of every kid, so thank you...for everything you did.” And “Save all these lives, losing husbands, losing wives…these are the heroes that you need to respect.”
They put hip-hop music behind the singing and a few weeks later, when asked to write about 9/11 in class, they decided to create a unique type of project. They made a video out of the song, using graphic images and videos from that tragic day that are forever embedded into our collective memories. Their teacher loved it, and so did many others in the school and community.
The video is posted above the article.