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Sarasota, Florida (WFLA) – September 11, 2001, was set to be a day that students at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida will never forget.
That morning, President George W. Bush was at their school. But whispering, his visit was shortened and his innocence was lost.
Second graders had no way of knowing that they were about to become part of history. Lazaro Dubrock was only seven years old when he met President Bush after the Commander-in-Chief came to the reading class.
“We actually had a conversation with him before we started reading to him,” Dubrocq said. President Bush felt good, Dubrock remembers, talking about his daughter and his two dogs at the White House.
Dubrocq, an engineer currently living in Texas, says he felt a change in the room after the president’s chief of staff, Andrew Card, whispered to the president’s ears.
“It was Mr. Card who was reading with us and, in the middle of our reading session, came in from the side and notified the president of the attack,” Dubrocq said.
It was Tuesday morning. Terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and attempted to crash the plane into the White House. Dubrocq says teachers have done their best to protect students from information that has begun to confuse reading classes. President Bush also did his best to protect the students from the media that began asking questions.
“Mr. President, do you know the report of the plane crash in New York?” Asked a reporter.
“I’ll talk about that later,” Bush replied.
Even as a boy, Lazaro felt the seriousness of the situation. He wondered if his school was next.
“The president was in our school, so what’s a better goal than where he was?” Dubrocq wondered.
A few minutes later, President Bush was on television.
“Dear sir, this is a difficult moment for the United States. Unfortunately, I will return to Washington after my remarks,” President Bush said in a speech from the school. Shortly thereafter, he asked the public to join him at the moment of silence.
“May God bless the victims, their families, and America,” said the president.
Lazaro says it took time to figure out what happened. He remembers his young self, his happy routine of going in and out of school until September 11th, when his innocence was shattered.
“For most of my daily life, it was my world. And that day came and you realize. America is probably not just dragged into war. It’s war in our land. And it’s hard to fully understand as a 7-year-old kid, but it gets more appreciated as we get older, “Dubrocq said.
Every year, on the anniversary of the attack, Lazarus Dubrocq looks back on that horrifying day. Twenty years later, he knows that it changed him forever. He wants to be better. Dubrocq said he wasn’t proud to be part of the day that ended the lives of thousands of Americans.
“But I can take lessons, even if it’s just a little silver lining until that day. To improve the lives of those around me and those I care about. What can I do for myself? “Dubrocq said.
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