My Thoughts On The 13th Anniversary Of September 11th
September 11, 2014
Today is obviously a very somber day.
There is no escaping the haunting memory of September 11th, 2001.
For many, today is a day of mourning.
We all remember exactly where we were, what we were doing, and who we were with, when we heard the news that we had been attacked.
I was at home in my bed. I was woken up by the noise from the living room. I live on the West Coast, so it was earlier than I’m used to waking up. Something was going on on the news, I could hear the shock in my parents’ voices. I was 11, in the 4th grade, Mrs. Johnson was my teacher. I remember being so confused. I didn’t know what war looked like, I didn’t know what a terrorist was. I remember my Dad saying “This isn’t an accident, who would do this on purpose?” He’s a pilot so he knows it’s pretty hard to hit the twin towers like that on accident.
Then the second plane hit.
Even at 11 years old, I knew this wasn’t an accident. We were being attacked.
None of us will or should forget the innocent people that died that day, their families, and the brave servicemen who were tasked with searching for the missing. The images of that day are imprinted in all of our minds forever, but seeing them on the news again brings it all back. Turn on the news today and you’re in for some really depressing images. The people that jumped, the collapse of the building, and the demolished leftovers of what used to be the twin towers, will forever be a part of our history. It was a hard day.
Although, when I look back at 9-11, of course I am filled with sorrow, but I am also filled with pride. We showed who we really were that day.
Strong. United. Resilient.
I wanted to reflect this morning, so I spent the morning watching video’s from the days after the attack, while of course wearing some American Pride.
I wore this shirt today with the year we declared our Independence, because I want people to remember our resilience. Through out history there will be ups and downs, but as long as we remain united we can push on.
Do you remember George W. Bush’s speech from Ground Zero? We showed the world we were resilient and united. New Yorkers were chanting USA only days after the attack. We are a strong, proud, people.
New Yorker’s showed their strength, and the rest of us united around them. People wanted to help each other. We were all American’s that day and the months after. There were no Republicans or Democrats, just Americans in mourning looking to rebuild.
Which we did.
I wish we could all remember that feeling of unity.
Tragedy shouldn’t have to strike to invoke feelings of unity and patriotism in us. Tragedy shouldn’t have to strike in order to remind us to support each other.
We should do it, always. We should be united, always.
This is what I wish we could remember more of, the unity the people in this country are capable of. When we were all shocked and afraid, we came together. In a truly chaotic and trying time, we showed who we really are. We did not turn against each other, we came together.
It’s been 13 years since the attacks on September 11th, 2001.
Lets not allow those lives to be lost in vain. Lets try to remember how we felt the days after September 11th. Let’s stand united, support each other, and work to build a better future.