Big Spring 5th Grader Wants to Make September 11th a National Holiday

by Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING- School is about to start next week but one Big Spring fifth grader is already thinking of missing one day. The eleven year old wants to make September 11th a National holiday, as a way to honor those who lost their lives.

"I want to make that September 11th we don't to go school," Alexia Rawls said.

Alexia Rawls has had this idea for a long time. Even though she was only five when the attacks happened she still remembers the day, she always wanted to do something, but did not know how.

"I was all over my cousins Myspace and they said don't go to school on September 11th and everybody on Myspace wants to get it out," Alexia Rawls said.

Now Alexia has a set goal and has her mother's support all the way.

"On September 11th, we did lose a lot of firefighters, we lost a lot of people on that day and I am behind her 100 percent. We are going to go to the City Council, we are going to go as far as we have to go," Mother Debbie Rawls, said.

So how do Big Spring citizens feel about making September 11 a holiday?

"Now if you are talking Holiday as a day off as an employer I don't know about another Holiday, another pay day off, I am not saying that we shouldn't.  But I think it should be absolutely a day of remembrance that we should honor," Dianne Moses said.

"Never too many holidays, would that be a more appropriate one than some of the ones we have. Cause of the events that took place on September 11th, I think it needs to be remembered from here on out," Big Spring Resident Bobby Barker, said.

Just like last year, Alexia Rawls plans not to go to school again she and a couple of classmates plan to get together and try to remember all the people that lost their lives on September 11th.