I remember exactly where I was 14 years ago. I was on my way to school, running late as usual, when I heard something on the radio. It didn’t make sense to me. I didn’t understand what I was hearing. When I got to my government class that morning, the teacher had already turned on the TV. We all sat and watched in silence and disbelief as we saw the towers fall. How could this happen? Especially, here, in America? We’re supposed to be safe, immune from the chaos in the rest of the world. Wars and tragedies like this happen in other lands, but never on our land, in our neighborhoods.
September 11th was a day that woke us up. It changed us as a nation forever. My generation that had only really known peace, now knew what it meant to experience tragedy on a grand scale. A little bit of my innocence and carefreeness was lost that day. We were finally faced with the reality that no one is safe. We are not untouchable, invincible, immune to the evil in the world.
Something great also happened that day. We were bonded together. We all experienced loss. Something that was meant to destroy us made us stronger. Many heroes arose that day. Passengers, First Responders, common citizens.
Today I remember all those who lost their lives that day, the families that were changed forever. I remember those who have sacrificed to save others, those who bravely served our country.
Let us always remember!