If anyone still hasn’t realized that this Sunday is the 10th anniversary of 9/11, they have had their head stuck in the sand. All week. In Borneo. And they need to wake up, take notice, and pay their respects.
News programs, newspapers, and magazines have all featured stories leading up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11. A few weeks ago, comments regarding Hurricane Irene said it was blown out of proportion, and so much news coverage wasn’t warranted. I hope those people regard the 9/11 anniversary in a different light.
In my opinion, the attention 9/11’s anniversary is getting is appropriate. Ten years ago this Sunday, our lives were changed forever. As a nation we watched, shocked and horrified, as planes impacted the twin towers and as those towers collapsed, killing thousands of civilians, firefighters, and other emergency personnel. This anniversary is an opportunity to remember those who were lost, and to reflect on how our lives have changed in the 10 years since that day.
The 9/11 attacks changed the way Americans viewed the world, and sparked offensives in Afghanistan, and then Iraq. They introduced us to a villain named bin Laden and al-Qaida. Until that day in 2001, most of America’s population had no idea bin Laden and al-Qaida existed.
Ten years ago, I was 15 years old, and terrorism was something that happened oceans away from the U.S. Since then, I’ve watched news coverage of the Fort Hood shooting, the underwear bomb plot, the Times Square car bomb, and numerous other incidents of senseless violence, threats and attempts at terrorism in my country. I think it’s fair to say I’ve grown up a lot, in terms of years and attitude. I imagine Americans all across the country have, too.
Now, 10 years after 9/11, bin Laden is finally dead. A news report this morning said al-Qaida has never been weaker. These are goals America has sacrificed much to achieve.
This weekend, remember those who died on 9/11, and those who have died since then to ensure that such attacks are never repeated. Never forget why we are fighting this war, and why we must continue to fight it. As our military pulls out of Iraq, and as our continued presence in Afghanistan is questioned, remember why our forces went over there in the first place.
I remember the days after 9/11, when American flags hung on every house, and the slogan, “Never Again” was on everyone’s lips. My flag will be flying again this Sunday as remembrance ceremonies take place across the nation. Attend one in your area, and take a moment to remember 9/11.