On September 11 each year, everyone in the nation takes a moment to stop and remember that day when the Twin Towers came down, the Pentagon was attacked, and courageous people took over a plane above the heartlands of Pennsylvania. So many people lost their lives for no reason at all. Why?
If you have a Facebook account and were on your Facebook on September 11, you found many posts about where people were when they heard the news or what they were doing that day. Will they every forget? I don’t think so. It has been fifteen years, and people still remember exactly what they were doing and how they felt as they saw the first plane hit the tower.
I remember that day so clearly. It was the first day of my vacation, and I was supposed to fly to Florida but decided to stay home. I was still in bed, and my friend Sharon called me, telling me to turn on the TV right now. I asked her why and she told me we were under attack. My heart skipped a beat, and I just could not believe what I was seeing. The second plane had not hit the other tower yet. I grabbed a cup of coffee and sat on the bed watching the live newscast. I don’t remember making my bed that day or doing much else. When the third plane hit the Pentagon, I called work to see what they were doing. Because our office was in Lima, they closed the office. With the Lima tank plant located there and the refinery they were getting everyone home with their families. The schools were closed, and everyone went home to sit by their televisions to watch what was happening. Wright Patterson Air Force base was put on lockdown and the world was changing in front of our eyes. Across the bottom of the screen were the listings of all the schools and businesses closing. No longer did we live in rural Ohio where we lived an idyllic life and felt free to leave our front doors unlocked at night and the windows open.
That was a time the United States came together as one. It didn’t matter the color of your skin or where you came from each person was helped out of the towers and helped to safety. We united together. No taking a knee during the National Anthem or rioting the streets. It was a nation united, united together. Some have said we need to forget this date and forgive those who took it upon themselves to attack our country, killing so many. Why? This was not them knocking an ice cream cone out of our hand and onto the ground. People died, families will never have that lifetime of memories with their loved ones, and fire and police departments will have their memorial walls in their stations to remind them how precious each day is to them.
The next time you hear someone talk about 9/11 remind them how important our country is, and the way of life here in the United States. Teach your children and grandchildren what happened that day so they can learn to respect the American flag and what it stands for. A nation came together for those lost in those terrible attacks and those left behind to pick up the pieces. We, as a nation, are strong and we have to become united once again. God Bless the U.S.A.