Tribute to September 11th

Tribute to September 11th

Published: Sep 11, 2011 at 9:34 am

by Amy Reid.

Today we commemorate the 10th anniversary of inarguably the most horrific attack on US soil. Ten years ago on September 11th, Americans witnessed a terrifying, heart-wrenching, heinous attack on our nation. Although every memory of that day still weighs heavy on the hearts of many, our tradition is to recognize significant events on each decennium. So in honor of those who have lost their lives, over the past weeks we have observed tributes in our towns, an overwhelming show of American flags. There are magazine articles and covers in tribute to the lost and their loved ones. Celebrities are giving accounts of how they felt on that infamous day in television and radio interviews.

On September 11, 2001 many heroes were born. Many of them we lost that day and some are still among us. We had front row seats to the events; people literally rising from the ashes; the symbol of our nation’s productive wealth burning to the ground; the destruction of the greatest city in America; and a devastating shot to the home of our nation’s defense. We grieved on that day and for what seemed like an eternity after. We couldn’t escape the visions of our brethren jumping hopelessly to their deaths to escape the torture that was sure to come.

On 9/11/2001 and for a period of time afterward, we came together in anguish and anger. We wanted to know why, how and who. Every detail mattered to us. These people had attacked our way of life and our freedom. Ten years later as we commemorate the tragedy, I am amazed at how many have forgotten the magnitude of that catastrophe. Many have only reawakened because of the attention of the trumpet call reminding us to pay our respectful homage. The enemies who assaulted our way of life and wanted us to live in fear have, in some ways, succeeded. Over this past decade we have watched our freedoms erode. Everyday Americans humiliated at airports, while those who share the nationality of the assailants walk through freely, smugly daring us to consider them a threat. For fear for being labeled intolerant or racist, we have been told to dedicate more time to worshiping at the altar of political correctness. The crushing events of 9/11 were supposed to make us come together for longer than just a year or two. We were supposed to become more vigilant, but instead we have given way to intimidation by the very people who want to alter our way of life. Like many others, I do not need a 10th anniversary to remember 9/11. I have never forgotten. It does not take the 10th year commemoration to remember who and what was truly lost on that day.