Wednesday, September 11, 2013

For those who won't remember

"A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil -- the very worst of human nature -- and we responded with the best of America. With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could." George W. Bush

I was a week away from turning 14 years old. School hadn't been in session very long, when a teacher from another classroom came in hysterical. Her husband was supposed to be flying that morning, and the news broke about the first plane hitting the World Trade Center. 

I thought they were saying "train center". I had no idea what they were talking about. At 14 I assumed it was a flight malfunction, or maybe the pilot had a stroke or something. Then the 2nd plane hit.

True evil is not something I had become accustomed to in my short existence. But there, on the TV screen I was witnessing evil in its purest form. 

We watched in disbelief. Teachers were crying, but this horrendous act was so difficult for me to wrap my mind around. I didn't cry. I wasn't afraid. I simply could not comprehend what was happening. 

We will never forget.

But will we? Have we?

It amazes me that there are current high school students who don't remember that day, that middle school students weren't even born. This day that shook our nation is simply a history lesson, like pearl harbor. 

Young people who easily confuse Osama Bin Laden with Sadam Hussein. Young people who can never grasp the despair that was felt that day. The day the world truly stood still. 

But how do we remember, but continue to move forward?

We remember by honoring the men and women who continue to serve in our military, law enforcement, fire departments, EMS services, hospitals, and so much more. 

We remember by setting aside this day to pay tribute to the lives lost. 

We remember be retelling the story for generations to come. The story of a great nation that was not defeated by the acts of terrorism.

We remember by continuing the sense of patriotism and community that was prevalent in the weeks following the attacks. 

We remember by praying for our political leaders to make wise decisions.

We remember by always remembering how blessed we are, and remember that those blessings can be taken in a moment.

It's not longer current events. It's history. History that many of us were a part of. 

Never forget, because when we forget, we become complacent. We get comfortable. 

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” -President George W. Bush

God Bless America

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