It’s hard to believe that September 11th, 2001 was 14 years ago, because I remember that day so clearly, and I am positive we all do. I have so many thoughts and emotions that I have carried with me about that day, and I wish I could express them properly, but I can’t. It was a day of sorrow, grief, loss of innocence and insecurity. My heart still aches every time that I hear stories of people who have lost their loved ones.
I was in 8th grade and woke up to my Dad telling me that the World Trade Center towers were hit by airplanes. Being 13 years old, I had no idea what that meant, or even where the World Trade Center was, but the sadness and shock in my Dad’s expression said it all. I remember being too afraid to fall asleep that night, because I didn’t feel safe in my own bed, even though I lived in San Diego. It was a personal attack on each and every American. It was also a day that marked a rebirth of unity in our country. American flags were sold out in stores, and “united we stand” was heard everywhere.
I will never forget 9/11, or the thousands of heroes that we lost on that day and pray for their families often. I also will never forget the compassion, resilience and courage of the American people, especially New Yorkers. It was a horrifying tragedy, yet out of the rubble rose so many leaders, so much bravery and so much love. That can never be taken away from us. I am so proud to be an American.
God Bless our firefighters, police officers and first responders. They put their lives on the line each and every day, never knowing what they will encounter next. God Bless America, I am so blessed and grateful to live in such a beautiful county.