Disbelief, sadness, quiet...and unyielding anger. Those feelings have yet to be dissolved, they are the very feelings that keep us, as Americans, fighting for our freedom, independence, and for the innocent lives lost. We need to remember some very important facts about this day. Not so much about the conspiracies, the missing facts, or the controversy that have developed as time has passed. That's all important stuff, but what about keeping a day in remembrance of 9/11 simple?...by basically remembering those who helped to save those who were in need, the families who lost loved ones, and those who will never get the chance to see Heaven's pearly gates, or Jesus' smiling face as he welcomed them home?
I am ashamed that, in reality, many have forgotten this date and what happened. How is this possible? Well, some choose to forget, some are in denial, and some refuse to acknowledge that it happened. Have you forgotten how it felt that day? Do you remember the searing images of your home land under fire? Did you imagine, even for one second, or feel some small sense of remorse, for those who were actually having to face the tragedy face-to-face? As former President George W. Bush stated:
On September 11, 2001, America went under the attack by terrorists. They targeted the World Trade Centers, Pentagon, and (if it weren't for the bravery of those on Flight 93) the White House. By attacking out country, they made war on our land. They hit one of the mos predominant symbols of America-the World Trade Centers, and made 9/11 a day no one will every forget.
When 9/11 happened 9 years ago, I was a young kid still in school. I remember doing my math when my mom's friend called. It wasn't oblivious as to why my mom was in a panic until after the call. And at the time, when she turned on the TV and we witnessed the images of the first tower being hit, I was in a dazed confusion. Why would anyone want to attack our country-the American that I love? Why would they want to destroy America and hurt her people? It made no sense to me at the time.
All I knew was that after the first tower was hit, we almost scoffed the whole event off...until the second plane. That was when reality set in. We had originally thought it was an 'accident'. But with two plans crashing into the Trade Centers, it was obvious we were under attack-even I knew that! The day after, I asked my mom why the 'evil people' would want to harm our country. She told me what she knew and it made me sad and very angry. To this day, 9/11 remains a surreal piece of history that feels as real and emotional as the day it happened.
So, today is a day many people lost loved ones and even their own lives. Have you forgotten? Do you remember what happened that day? Do you remember how you felt to see your home land under attack and the people in those planes and towers blown away-their lives taken from them in a blink of an eye? What was going through your mind? Did it ever cross your mind that your American neighbors were going through a living nightmare while you sat comfortably at your TV watching it happen live? Have you forgotten?
"Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger."
The North Tower was hit first at 8:45 a.m. And at 9:03 a.m. the South Tower was hit. Even though the South Tower was the second hit, it was the first to collapse at 9:59 a.m., just 56 minutes after impact. And the North Tower, well, it collapsed at 10:29 a.m., only 1 hour and 44 minutes after impact. It's incredible to think and even imagine just how little time it took to destroy one of America's most prized symbols of status, as well as destroy the lives of many families who were caught off guard by this historical event.
In closing, take a minute or two of silence and remember our Firemen, Police men, Soldiers, President, and those who lost loved ones on 9/11. Pray for them. Love on them. Also, please read these words from former President Bush (spoken on November 11, 2001):
"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 the ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children."September 11, 2001. Do not forget this date. Do not forget those lives that were lost, those brave and heroic forces that gave their lives for our men and women. Do not ever forget what happened today 9 years ago! Once we forget, we loose our patriotism, our liberty, independence, and spirit. Today, I leave you with this question: Have you forgotten?