Those of us who are old enough to remember, know exactly where we were when we heard the news about a plane crashing into the first tower. We watched in horror as the second plane hit the second tower. The news of the plane crashes at the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania came later.
Eyes glued to TV screens, we watched the first tower come down, followed by the second. We saw people running in terror, trying to escape the devastation. We later learned that over 3,000 lives were lost that terrible day.
That day we came together as a nation. In New York, strangers clung to each other, eyes wide in fear and horror or with tears streaming down grief stricken faces. In small towns all across America, folks gathered on street corners, looking up at a sky empty of planes and wondering how on earth something like this could happen here.
Before 9/11, we were a patriotic people. But the day after, Old Glory flew everywhere. When the body count came in, we grieved as one. We gathered in churches and prayed for the souls of the dead and for the families left behind. We said we would never, ever forget.
But we have forgotten, haven't we. Oh, we remember during the week that marks each anniversary. But during the other 51 weeks of the year, we are more divided than we have been since the Civil War. Many of us are still patriotic. But too many have forgotten what a truly marvelous nation we live in. They would rather turn it into something totally unrecognizable.
On that day of terror, the first responders ran toward the horrors, the saving of lives their first priority. Over 400 of those brave men and women died in the process. Today firemen, police, emergency medical personnel still rush to the scene in times of trouble. But more and more often, they are exposed to hostile actions from those who have absolutely no respect for their bravery and their willingness to stand between us and evil.
I don't ever want to see anything as horrible as we saw on that day. But I sure wouldn't mind seeing seeing a glimpse of the coming together of our country that existed when we all felt wounded and when we all became angry when we discovered the plot to destroy us and when we felt the pride as one nation that even though evil tried to destroy us, we did not break. Yeah, I wouldn't mind seeing that again.
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