There are certain events in history that those who lived through them will never forget. If you were alive in 1941, you will never forget the Pearl Harbor attack. Everyone alive in 1963 remembers the Kennedy assassination. Certainly the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are like that.Sept. 11, 2001 was a Tuesday. I was on vacation is Disneyworld. As we were getting ready to head out, I walked past the TV which had the Today Show playing a little after 9 o’clock, they talked about what had just broke on the news involving a plane hitting one of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City.
I assumed it was some sort of bizarre accident. Then, I we watched, a second plane collided with the Towers. As news was unfolding of four planes hijacked, one tower collapsed, and potentially thousands killed, as a New Yorker my heart sank and thoughts went to my daughter in college about 40 miles up the Hudson River from what I was witnessing on television.
It seemed that we were witnessing the equivalent of World War III. It was easy to imagine more terrorist attacks on American soil. “Where will it all end?” we wondered, “and what should we do?” I seriously thought about getting in the rental car and driving to New York immediately. We had already been informed that the President had grounded all flights for the foreseeable future and we were stranded in what used to be the “happiest place on earth” but now was eerily silent. Of course, this was a day few of us will ever forget.The incidents of 9/11 provoked a lot of conversation. Immediately following 9/11, there was an increase in expressions of patriotism. American flags were everywhere. But in the years since 9/11, patriotism has waned somewhat as the threat level went from red to orange and time healed our shocked minds.
This week is the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and the war on terror continues, talks of new military action against Syria are being debated in Washington. We must never forget what happened to us on that day. We can never lose our sense of patriotism that we had that day. The 2001 terrorist attacks caused people to rally around their nation’s flag and we need to do this now more than ever as the country stays divided amongst itself. As we honor those who lost their lives that day, remember their families who have endured. Many of those family members went on to join the military to protect us back at home and lost their lives. We are a proud nation that should never turn against itself and always rally to support our troops, our elected officials and most importantly, those grieving on this September 11th.I hope to see every home in ever community I manage proudly displaying the American Flag on this day.