Giants' Tom Coughlin wants younger players to remember 9/11

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin speaks to the

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin speaks to the media after a brief team practice at Timex Performance Center that served as the start of training camp. (July 26, 2013) (Credit: James Escher)

Some things don't change. Twelve years ago Wednesday the Giants were returning home from a Monday night game in Denver. Wednesday, they began preparations to face the Broncos once again.

But of course, everything did change on this day a dozen years ago. And after Tom Coughlin made his presentation of the upcoming opponent at his weekly Wednesday meeting, he turned the focus to remembering the somber anniversary.

"I think it's important for our young people to remember what happened on 9/11," Coughlin said. "Many of them did recall exactly where they were on that day, but I want them all to try to remember where they were. Some of them are 21 or 22 years old, which put them at 10 years old when this occurred, but they still must understand the incredible significance of that event in the history of our country, because our nation and our people were violated in that way and it is the only time in history that's ever happened."

Wednesday, for example is Damontre Moore's birthday. He's 21. That would make him a 9-year-old at home in Texas on the day of the attacks.

Coughlin also remembered the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech last month.

"I was compelled, as a historian, to remind our players about that and the significance of that," Coughlin said. "There were 250,000 Americans at the Lincoln Memorial and what the significance of that speech was and [King's] Nobel Peace Prize and all of that. And today, again, as a historian, reminding all of us that this is something that we can never forget. We don't ever want to forget this because this event took place, it changed the pattern of history, it changed our acknowledgment of worldly responsibilities. I didn't want our young people to slide by this day without devoting recognition to this day. It should be something that we as Americans don't forget."

Not that Coughlin ever will. He was in Jacksonville at the time but his son, Tim, was working at Morgan Stanley in the South Tower that day. He escaped.

"I'll never forget 9/11 and I don't want anybody to forget 9/11," Coughlin said. "It's the 12th anniversary of 9/11 and the cowardice terrorist act that decimated our city and our country and killed so many innocent people, I don't ever want to forget that."

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