Sunday, September 11, 2011
911 United We Stand
It was a tragic day in American History. One that Americans will never forget. 911.
Ten years ago I was a newlywed, married only two months. Life couldn't be better. I was finished with my master's degree and post-graduate studies. I had very successful career. We had a cozy little house and a happy, crazy dog. We had great plans to travel abroad in the upcoming year. Never did we imagine what would happen on that fated day, September 11, 2001, that would change our world.
I was on my way into work, arriving later than usual, as I had worked an event on another date. I was listening to the radio news about the first plane crash when I heard the news reporter start crying out that there was another plane flying into the world trade center. My heart sank--this was no accident. I remember going into the office and telling people we were being attacked and they looked at me in disbelief. They hadn't heard about the second plane and tried to ease my erratic statement by saying it was an accident. It took me a minute to convince them that a second plane had crashed. Immediately, we gathered around television sets and computer monitors to find out what was going on. Not much work got done that day.
There is the expression that out of every bad comes some good. Americans demonstrated this in the minutes, days and months following the attack. The stories of men and women risking their lives on 911 are many. The stories of the days following show the strength, courage and solidarity of the American people.
As Americans, we need to remember that despite our differences, we are one nation, under God, indivisible. We need to respect the victims of 911 and their families by working together and showing them that we can rise above and be united for a stronger nation. Instead of all this name-calling and mud-slinging in our capitol and on the media, we should be working together to strengthen our nation. After all, our enemies will prey on our weaknesses.
God Bless America and God bless all the victims of 911.