This weekend we remember 9/11 (like we don’t remember it every day, but more so and as a nation this weekend) as it was 15 years ago, on Sunday, that the United States was forever changed.
There are a few things that will always stand out in our minds – individually, your first (day of school, dance, kiss, etc.) is typically one. There are fewer things “we” remember as a nation. For those over 75, it was Pearl Harbor. Those of us over 55 have all heard the question, “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” If you’re over 35, you will remember the space shuttle Challenger explosion. Anyone over 20 will remember September 11, 2001 (9/11). I’m sure people could name other major national events, but these are the ones that stick out in my 56 year old brain.
I heard someone on the radio, back in 2011 (the 10 year remembrance of 9/11), saying that for a brief time, we pulled together as a nation, we were not of different races, different cultures, different political ideals – we were one nation, under God. Patriotism was high and there was unity. Then, this person said, we went back to our normal lives. I would have to agree, although our “normal” lives really became a NEW normal, as we have had significant changes in the way we live our lives since then (airport security – need I say more?) For the most part, “we” here on American soil, have gone on living our “normal” lives. There are people whose lives will never be normal, due to the events of 9/11, those who lost loved ones that day, those who survived, those who have since joined our armed forces, etc.
I find it interesting that the comments made about our country in 2011 still stand true today, or may be even worse. Have we not learned anything? We are one nation, under God, indivisible… INDIVISIBLE! Can we become the country that pulled together in unity, without the occurrence of a tragedy? We can if we want to. Isn’t it time? I think so.
It is right that we remember, and honor the memory of the lives lost on 9/11. That’s why September 11th is Patriot Day. Please take a moment to honor the memories of those who died, those who have died in the War on Terror, and the families that love them. Perhaps you will pause at the following times this Sunday…
• 8:46AM – the first plane crashes into the World Trade Center, Tower 1
• 9:03AM – the second plane crashes into the World Trade Center, Tower 2
• 9:37AM – a third plane crashed into the Pentagon
• 9:59AM – Tower 2 collapses
• 10:03AM – passengers attack their plane’s hijackers and it crashes in Pennsylvania
• 10:28AM – Tower 1 collapses
We ask God to grant a sense of peace that only He can to the families whose loved ones died from these terrorist attacks and those who have been killed fighting the war in the years that have followed. We ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen.
*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*