Remember Me

“The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is the attribute to the strong.”  Gandhi~

The images and the video are still fresh in my memory.  I can still picture the blue sky without any clouds that morning when I was walking into class ten years ago.  Events were already unfolding, but I still did not know yet as to the overall devastating affects.  Even today, a tear still comes to my eye as I think back to that day, and it’s immediate aftermath.  Shock and tears were all that I could find.  The entire day just seemed completely surreal.  And as shock wore off, the anger began to show.  I, like many Americans, wanted heads to roll.  We wanted those who had any part of that awful day.

But here I sit 10-years later as a changed man.  I was but a young man when this all happened, and I knew not of the world that I existed in.  In the past decade, I have broadened my understanding of the world and of the various peoples that inhabit it much like I do.  The animosity that I once held has dissolved though still always questioning and always vigilant.  All that exists now are the tears that come whenever I still see footage from that day and the memorial services that are done every year.  Back in 2001, the emotions were raw and frayed as we came together as a nation and as a people.  We huddled together near any television we could and watched the events unfold before us.  We were there for each other.  We comforted each other.  And we hugged each other just a bit more.  I don’t think I had ever heard my college campus so quiet as I did that day.

“We must become the change we want to see.” Gandhi~

Our lives have moved on, but we haven’t forgotten.  And for those of us who lived through it, we never will.  We will not forget the people who were killed instantly, or the people that were trapped and had no way to escape.  We will not forget those that rushed into the buildings to help people out though they, themselves, never did.  We will not forget those at the Pentagon who rushed to the aid of their fellow coworkers.  And we will not forget the passengers of Flight 93 who fought back for control of their plane before letting it do any more harm.  These aren’t just names or a picture of a pretty face.  These are our countrymen.  These are our neighbors, our coworkers, our family, and our friends.  And in every instance that day, we proved what it meant to be an American.  We showed that our sense of community ran deep and out weighed anything that was taking place.

As we pass this 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we must look toward the future while always remembering the past.  The events of that day should not consume us, but motivate us.  We should be more civil with each other and more tolerant of other cultures.  It is not an “us vs them” mentality that should define how we think and view the world, and stereotypes should be forgotten.  We are all one with the planet that we call home.  Let us bring about positive change that we so yearn to see.  Let us remember the unity that we shared for it shouldn’t be fleeting but something more permanent.

Our nation was attacked ten-years ago.  The events of that day have been burned into our minds and can always evoke an emotional response.  But as we set foot from this time and place, we must not lose faith in ourselves and each other.  The extremists that want to do us harm would like us to be against each other.  Maybe it’s time that we show them how their actions bring us closer together.  We should always believe, deep within each of us, that tomorrow will be better than the day before.  And as we get farther and farther away from that day, this unity must get stronger and stronger.  We will always remember what happened, the emotions we felt, and the lessons we learned.  But we must not forget who we are deep within our souls.  And as we pay solemn tribute to the lives that were lost, let us take pride in their actions… in their courage.

We will always remember…

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”Gandhi~

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One Response to Remember Me

  1. Thank you for writing such a wonderful and powerful article. September 11, 2001 is a date that changed our generation. I’ve read several 9-11 tributes today, and yours is by far one of the best. Keep up the great work my friend.

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