Author who fears 9/11 could be forgotten uses children's books to remember our heroes

Kristie Kiernan Bouryal is CEO of Context Productions and author of children's books like "9/11 Courage and Tributes," "Remembering Heroes" and "My Buddy's a Hero - And I Didn't Even Know It."

Maria Keena
September 10, 2019 - 8:02 am
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(KMOX) - This September 11th marks 18 years since the terrorist attacks.

And while many will have that day seared into their minds, KMOX's Maria Keena talked with a woman concerned the meaning of that day is being forgotten.

Kristie Kiernan Bouryal is CEO of Context Productions and author of children's books like "9/11 Courage and Tributes," "Remembering Heroes" and "My Buddy's a Hero - And I Didn't Even Know It." Her father is a retired New York City Firefighter and mother a nurse, both have 9/11 related illnesses.

Kiernan Bouryal says "there are more then 95,000 people registered with the World Trade Center Health Program and of those, 49,000 have at least one 9/11 related disease."

Kiernan Bouryal's most recent book says "kids learn about tributes to the fallen. They visit the tribute, they honor and pay tribute to the people who have fallen. But they also learn that 9/11 is still taking lives and they realize it's taking lives when they see that off to the side of one of the memorials are a series of many, many names. And those are the names of the people who have since died."

Kiernan Bouryal says after seeing those memorials is when children ask questions.

"We lost nearly 3,000 people on September 11th in 2001, that's across all of the different locations. So that's in New York City, Shanksville, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Since 9/11, we've lost 2,350 people who were part of the World Trade Center Health Program," Kiernan Bouryal says.

The purpose of Kiernan Bouryal most recent book, "9/11 Courage and Tributes," is to make sure September 11th is truly never forgotten, and because of it, the lives that continue to be lost.

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