President George W. Bush (2008): One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice.
Where were you on 9/11? That horrific day when thousands of people lost their lives and an infinite number of people were affected by the events of the day?
I vividly remember the day. I had just gotten out of the shower (about 6:00 a.m. my time) and sat on the edge of my bed watching Matt Lauer talk about a plane being flown into the World Trade Center. No mention yet of “terrorist attack,” a phrase we had never heard before. For a few minutes, I sat there in disbelief and then realized I had better wake Leslie up and tell her to turn on the TV.
I remember taking hours to get ready for work that morning. It was still a time of dress pants or dressers with nylons, and I found a blue and black striped dress and nylons to wear to work. I wondered if we’d be sent home early from work and, sure enough, we were at the office for about an hour before we all went home. My law firm’s main office was located in New York and after just a few hours of non-stop news, we still didn’t know the status of our New York personnel.
I drove home in a daze and spent the day with a friend glued to the television. Marcy had family in New York, and we were trying to contact them and other friends to check on their status. It was a trying few days and we all still relive those moments, I’m sure.
Yesterday, I read a blog, BeautyBeyondBones, and a brilliant article yesterday entitled “16 Years Forgotten.” Ana starts off by reminding us that most high school seniors today were born after 9/11. The slogan has been and always will be: 9/11: Never Forget. Ana believes that, unfortunately, most of us have forgotten about the attacks. Remember in the days and weeks after 9/11 when this country had a shortage of American flags? Sixteen years ago, we all came together. Now? “America today–we’re hostile with one another: venomously divided, and violently defensive.”
As Ana states, we have work to do involving issues such as racism and sexism. I especially agree with her analogy of Hurricane Irma falling on the anniversary of September 11, which could be seen as a God-facilitated catalyst for our country to come together.
“Maybe this emergency is just the situation we needed to set aside our differences, and come together as a United nation. The United States of America. One nation – under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all.”
Thank you, Ana.