We’re coming up on the ten year anniversary of 9/11. It’s funny how time passes so quickly and you just don’t realize it. Sometimes 9/11 seems light years away. You forget about it, push it back into a little compartment in your brain. Then other times, when you see images of that day, it feels like it just happened.
I remember that day – I think for a lot of people it’s just burned in our memory. The shock that something like that could happen to our great country. The disbelief that someone – or a group of people – could be so evil to take all those innocent lives. You remember where you were and what was going on when you first heard what happened. And you never forget your initial reaction when you saw on TV (or in person) the devastation in New York, the Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania field.
I know there will be a lot of television hype over this since it is has been ten years. I’m already starting to see the commercials for the planned specials. And yes, I will be watching some of them. I will more than likely have my children watch the programs, too. I think that it’s important they learn why America has to be ever-vigilant. Because this is something that can easily happen again. But, I don’t want them to watch for just that reason…..I want them to see the good that came out of it. I want my kids to realize that when it all comes down to it, people are good. We help each other in a crisis. We come together as an American family unit and strive to build each other back up. We don’t back down. We pick ourselves back up and move forward with a determination that compares to none.
And that is what I remember most. Not just the horrific images of planes hitting the Twin Towers. Not the sight and sound of the buildings collapsing and people rushing in the streets, or the Pentagon walls crumbled, or even the smoking and charred hillside in PA. It’s the fact that America is great in so many ways. From the heroic efforts of those involved in the rescues, to the lines of people waiting in every city to donate blood. The boldness of each and every frightened person that stepped up to help in some way instead of cowering behind indifference. The defiance of all Americans who would not take let this cowardly act pull us apart but instead solidified us as a nation.
That is what I will remember. And that is what I will teach my children.
God bless America.