If you had of told me ten years ago that today I would be on my computer paying homage to those who died in a tragic
historical event that I witnessed through television chronicles, I probably would of laughed. Yet here I am.
September 11, 2001 was a normal day for me. I got up and went to my 8th grade class like everyone else in my grade. I changed from my first period, to second period and then to third completely oblivious to the fact that the world I knew was crumbling outside of my brick school walls.
It wasn’t until last period, when my teacher walked in baffled by our laughter and playful gestures, that I was even clued in to the fact that something was wrong. “Do you guys know what is going on?” he exclaimed. We looked and shook our heads no as he headed and turned on the t.v. to the local news.
Mesmerized we watched replays of the planes crashing into the twin towers. Feeling helpless, we watched as billows of smoke filled the air and both towers quickly burned to the ground. We watched as survivors fled from the rubble, and those less fortunate were carried away.
Before this day, I had no clue what the twin towers were. Now I wish I could have seen them before the fall. Unfortunately, my only memory will be their final collapse as they were consumed by fire due to the impact of two hijacked planes. However, this is a memory I can pass on to future generations as they learn about these events in history books.
Close to 3,000 people lost their lives on this day. These people were business leaders, teachers, firefighters, nurses, policemen, friends, family, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and cousins. They were innocent bystanders who served our country in some type of way, taken from us in a way they didn’t deserve.
As we reverence those heros who gave their lives lets not forget those who stepped up to the plate afterwards and are currently serving on our behalf. They are the reason we can live the free life we do, and the reason I choose to give back to daily in an effort to rebuild our torn communities. I am second, God and people are first.
Indeed, the last decade has been a challenging one for our country. But we have also seen the strength of the United States — in cities that have refused to give in to fear; in communities that have persevered through hard economic times; and, above all, in our men and women in uniform and their families who have borne an extraordinary burden for our security and our values.
The perpetrators of those attacks wanted to terrorize us, but they are no match for our resilience. Today, our country is more secure and our enemies are weaker. Yet while we have delivered justice to Osama bin Laden and put al-Qaeda on the path to defeat, we must never waver in the task of protecting our nation.
-President Barack Obama
I will never forget the day of September 11, 2001. I am just grateful that ten years later we have rebuilt and moved forward as a strong nation.
To all the victims: This one is for you! Your deaths were not in vain. May you rest in peace…