It’s 9/11. 9/11 affects me more than any other disaster or attack in US history. Probably because of two reasons. A: I was alive during it. B: it was an attack on civilian targets. It’s not like Pearl Harbor where military targets were hit, but this was an attack on innocents, civilians, people who aren’t supposed to be on the front lines. What’s so different about this attack compared to others is that images associated with 9/11 don’t contain big, burly men with guns facing bravely at an enemy they have been trained to deal with. Instead, its mostly images of Firefighters, Police and Medics, in a situation they have not likely been trained for, trying to save as many lives as they can. Just regular citizens in an extraordinary situation. I don’t believe they got the recognition they deserved, but many of them (I hope) carry on doing their jobs to keep us safe to this day. You all deserve a salute.
So this post is unique. Its part a reply to a blog post I read yesterday and also a reflection of 10 years after the events of 9/11. A date that will be forever remembered in the same way Pearl Harbor was. The blog post I am replying to is done by kiraniumbra and I just have a few things to talk about. That post can be found here: http://kiraniumbra.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/the-day-the-world-changed/ . I also wrote a blog post about 9/11 a year ago. You can find it here: http://wp.me/sQq2J-911. My writing sure has changed…anyway, back to the post.
Its hard to believe that 9/11 happened 10 years ago. I still remember the day, where I first saw the attacks, some of the people I saw and a nation united by this attack. Its sad that this unity did not last. I already talked about the 9/11 events in the previous blog post, so I won’t rehash what happened to myself or the nation. Its pretty well known at this point. But I will never forget what happened. Simply put, its impossible to. Such a tragic event is never truly forgotten. I didn’t believe someone at the time that I would never forget the event I had just witnessed, but the images of the buildings and people have never left my memory. And I was on the other side of the nation. I can’t even imagine what people must feel that were right there, at the front lines…
To talk about kiraniumbra’s post for a moment. He points out that trust has been lost, become a rare commodity now. I guess as far as the government is concerned regarding its citizens, this is true. They are now more invasive than ever and their security regarding important things is higher and stricter than ever. He is never specific if he meant citizen-to-citizen. I would like to think that citizen’s trust of each other is as strong as it was before then, maybe even better. Maybe that is naive of me. It’s really hard to say because I only see one small viewpoint of the world.
I agree, however, we should honor those that lost their lives that day by looking for ourselves in others. We should not withdraw from others because of this event. In fact, we should try to get to know each other better. We should make this world a better place. If you can only do it for one person, then the effort is worth it.
I will always remember 9/11, for its toll on human lives, for families destroyed and broken and for the heroes lost. Do not let this tragedy go to waste. Remember 9/11 and better your life and those around you because of it.
-King Isaac Linksr