Remembering 9/11, Being the “United” States Again
Growing up in the suburbs of Louisville Kentucky during the 70’s and early 80’s, allowed me the opportunity to experience diverse cultures, in a time when a foreign war was ending and the Civil Rights movement was beginning to exhale.
With all that I witnessed, one thing stood out above all; the morals and values instilled in me by my beloved grandparents.
I spent a lot of time with my grandmother, Margaret, while my mother worked a full-time job and attended the University of Louisville. Much of that time was spent asking countless, probably annoying, questions about the “good old days.”
I loved hearing stories about 30’s and 40’s, especially World War II… Not that unusual for a 10 to 12-year-old boy, but for my grandmother, discussions of “the war” meant it was time for a lecture in patriotism.
Tears always welled up in my grandmother’s eyes anytime she talked about her love for our country, especially when we discussed the attack on Pearl Harbor. That was a painful memory for her, even though she was thousands of miles from the Pacific island and didn’t personally know anyone that died that day.
At the end of every “lesson” she would always say to me “Tommy, Never Forget Pearl Harbor… Always remember the men and women who died that day and God Bless America.”
Today is the heartbreaking anniversary of September 11, 2001, a day that compares so closely to those of December 7th 1941.
In the weeks following the heinous act of war, enacted by a group of extreme Islamic terrorists, Americans pulled together arm in arm, and began to rebuild the devastation perpetrated by an evil agenda of intolerance.
Among those who perished that day, America lost 463 first responders; Men and women who were dedicated to saving lives, even when faced with the possibly of losing their own.
14-years later, heartless, cold blooded murders, no less cowardly than those who attacked us on 9/11 are executing police officers in the street.
What happened to the unified belief in this country, post 9/11, that “All Lives Matter?” Can we get back to being a “United” States?
Today, while we remember 9/11 for the horrific tragedy and loss of life, we should also remember the bond that was built between Americans in the days following those horrific events.
Americans are resilient and we will always persevere no matter what enemies we encounter, foreign or domestic.
God Bless America.
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