Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11, 2010. Never Forget, Never Surrender

9 years ago. 9 years ago today it happened. Our country was attacked and thousands of innocent lives were taken. And you know what the worst part is? A lot of people have forgotten about it. Forgotten about in a sense that they make themselves forget. They make themselves forget about the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, Flight 93, the firefighters, the cops, the passengers on the planes and everything else. They've desensitized themselves. They've completely forgotten the feeling they had when this terrible moment in history happened. Do they make themselves forget about Pearl Harbor? or any other devastating day in our country's history? NO! I mean for goodness sakes, they have Pearl Harbor day! Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the remembrance of Pearl Harbor, but it strikes me as odd that they make themselves forget about a day when more civilians died during 9/11 than soldiers during Pearl Harbor. Now once again, please don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for the lives that the soldiers gave up for this country during Pearl Harbor, and they shouldn't have died like that. But they knew what they were doing, they knew that there was a chance that at any moment, for whatever reason, they could be attacked by the enemy, even in their home port. They enlisted knowing the there might be a chance that they might never see their loved one's again. But with 9/11, the people of New York, the people of Washington D.C., the people getting on their flights to go see family, didn't enlist in the possibility of getting their lives taken. To them it was just a regular day. September 11th, 2001 had no importance whatsoever to them, in the beginning. And then it happened. They're lives taken away from them in a blink of an eye, as the entire nation watched, not being able to do anything.
How on earth could anyone forget about this??? Why would they want to forget about it? If they really loved their country, they wouldn't forget! They would want to help so that this horrible thing doesn't happen again!
President George W. Bush said this on 9/11/01. " The resolve of this great nation is being tested. And make no mistake, we will show the world that we will pass this test."
In my personal opinion, I think as a nation, we are passing the test, and we will pass it. But on an individual basis, there are some that are failing, miserably. Those who don't support our troops, and want to pull us out of the war on Terror, they're the one's who are failing.
I hope that I won't ever forget September 11th. And although I didn't fully understand what was happening when it happened, every year I gain a better understanding of it, and a greater appreciation for those who lost and gave their lives on that horrible day, and those who are giving their lives today to prevent it from happening again.
Remember that the world is watching us. They understand what happened to us, and they want to see if we pass this test. They want to see if America is as strong as we claim we are.
I can't wait for the day when we will turn to the world and say "We passed! It was hard, one of the hardest things we've ever had to go through. But we passed."