Ten years later, loved ones and friends who perished on a fateful Tuesday morning are still gone, but the memories of them never forgotten. Reflections of September 11, 2011 are still remembered with heavy hearts and renewed patriotism.
When I woke this morning, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful morning, just as it was ten years ago. Today, when I turned on my TV, the Ravens- Steelers football game was about to get underway as I wrote this entry.
Ten years earlier, I stared at the screen in horror as replays of the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsing, damage caused to the Pentagon from another plane, and the news of Flight 93 crashing in Shanksville, PA, thanks to brave passengers thwarting plans of terrorists aboard who were likely aiming to destroy the Capitol or the White House.
We will never know what went through the minds of terrorists that day, but I can say if their idea was to split this country apart with their despicable acts – and taking down so many innocent lives in the process – they sadly failed in that respect. America is a strong country in spite of its current problems, and the 9/11 attacks only made us Americans stronger.
Even those who survived or assisted in rescue efforts suffered in the aftermath. Many who assisted in the rescue efforts are battling everything from post-traumatic stress disorder to cancer to this day. Others have moved away from New York or Washington because of the attacks. Those not involved at all, but lost family members and friends, are still coming to terms with what happened and why.
Still, we Americans continue to bond together.
To the brave men and women whose lives were lost and those aiding in the rescue efforts in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, we are grateful to you. We are grateful to the men and women serving in the military in Afghanistan and Iraq. These are many of the people who make our country great.
In a time where sports figures and celebrities are worshiped as role models, it should be emphasized that all of you were – and are- our true heroes. You will never be forgotten.
God bless America.