At the risk of sounding un-American…
At the risk of sounding un-American, I feel the need to make a statement. If you are offended, I’m sorry, but that’s on you. This is just my opinion, and everyone has one. On that note, I would love to know what you felt, feared, and what you remember about September 11, 2001.
September 11, 2001 was a traumatic and devastating time for all of us, except those that are against the American way of life. When I turned on my TV that faithful day, I was frozen, and then devastated. I felt tears rising and my heart clinching, but I was still unable to wrap my mind around the events I was watching unfold before me. The United States of America was attacked! We were attacked! At that moment, in my heart, I believed we might possibly go to war.
The World Trade Center (WTC) Twin Towers of Southern Manhattan, and the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, were hit. This, we all know. We know of the devastation, and we know of the pain. One conspiracy theory after another began to surface as time passed. And as a nation, we had to come to terms with our past, as well as our future.
We are now at the 10 year anniversary of that horrible day, and there is one thing that still bothers me almost as much as the event itself: The selfish opinion that it was New York that was attacked. That just isn’t true.
In the days that followed 9/11, there was much talk about the heroes of that day. The brave people inside the buildings that tried to help others. The brave fire fighters, rescue workers, and police officers that tried to save civilians as well as their own. I am truly saddened by the enormous loss of life that occurred while these heroes worked diligently and tirelessly to save anyone they could. But I, a non-New Yorker, am offended that New York officials and civilians claimed that this was an attack on New York. In the midst of this media onslaught, even the Pentagon was mentioned as a footnote.
I remember watching news coverage where specific officials, including Rudy Giuliani (nice career move), claimed that this was an attack on New York. Many stated that this attack would not go unanswered. More times than I care to remember, I heard from different sources, “New York has been attacked by terrorists, but we are all New Yorkers! You are all New Yorkers…!” That statement alone takes the events of that day from ALL of us; and it also disregards many of the other victims of that day, including those at the Pentagon, those on the planes, and those at ground zero. I’m sure harm was not intended in those statements, but New York was not attacked! The United States of America was attacked! MY home was attacked! All of us were victims on that day, and those of us that were not at “ground zero”, are blessed to be survivors.
I pray that we never forget that dark day. I pray that it remains etched in our memories for generations. I pray that we can remember how we came together as one nation… one people. But I also pray that our country’s leaders learned something… anything from those horrible events; and that they use that information to make this country more secure. As in vain as it may be, that is my hope.
I am thankful for our men and women that have sacrificed to stand on the front lines to secure our freedom and peace of mind.
I mean no disrespect to the New York residents that fell that day, but my heart goes out to all of the families that were touched by this horror… whether they live in New York, or not.
\ 9/11 AMERICA \
/ \ ~~ I will NEVER forget!
Thank you for reading!