The Northport Historical Society will be hosting a discussion led by Darryl St. George, veteran United States Naval Corpsman and current Northport High School history teacher, on the events surrounding the September 11th attacks.
St. George was in New York City attending college when the towers fell in 2001; that experience instilled in him a lifelong sense of commitment to his country.
“In that moment it was not practical for me to drop everything and leave,” St. George explained in a conversation with the Journal in September of last year. In 2011, he took a leave of absence from his teaching position at Northport High School to enlist in the military. He was deployed to Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.
St. George believes his career as a history teacher runs parallel to his military one. “My thought was that if I continued my studies and I became a history teacher, that would be a way for me to do my part and try to serve, and strive towards this larger objective of ensuring that another 9/11 would never happen again… I felt that if I taught history, then I’d do my job well enough that my students would understand the historical events that led to 9/11...Whatever their role would be, hopefully they would take those lessons and do their part as a citizen and make sure that there wasn’t another 9/11 ever again,” he explained.
At the upcoming society event, St. George will contextualize the tragic events of September 11th, break down the history leading up to the attacks, and provide a look at the events that followed such as the Global War on Terror, the rise of ISIS, and the Arab Spring. He’ll also touch on how the attacks influenced the recent withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“Remembering 9/11: A Discussion with Darryl St. George” will take place at the Northport Historical Society Museum, 215 Main Street in Northport, on Sunday, August 28 at 1pm. The event is free with online registration. Register here.