13 Years Later: Remembering September 11th

“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.” – David Levithan

Thirteen years ago the world was completely rocked when the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City, then another plane hit, then two more, one at the Pentagon, and the other in an abandon field in Pennsylvania. The world watched in horror as these two towers full of innocent hard working people came toppling down to the streets below them. Of course people have their theories, they have their ideas about what truly happened but keep them to yourself together. Today is a day of remembrance, not to bring your conspiracy theories to the forefront to outshine the memorials that have been set up for today.

I was only ten when this tragedy occurred and at that time I truly had no idea what a terrorist was or what the magnitude of today meant. I was aware that it was bad, I knew that many people died and I knew that it happened close, considering it was in New York City and I lived just outside of Boston. All that I knew was that the country was under attack and that too many innocent people were paying the price for it. In today’s day and age children have been very unlucky to know what a terrorist is because they had their innocence stripped from them in some cases before they were even born.

I just wanted to write this up to take a moment to thank every single person who helped in the situation that happened thirteen years ago today. Whether they were an EMT, police officers, firefighters, or even a nameless hero that saved other people before themselves, thank you. From the journalists who put down their cameras to try and help to the clean up crews were there for hours upon hours trying to find bodies, trying to find remains of loved ones. I would also like to thank all of the military in all of the different branches of service who went to war to protect this country from more acts of terror.

To me today is more than just feeling angry or sad about what happened thirteen years ago. Of course there is that anger still there, the sadness of losing so many people but today we remember. We remember those heroes on that day and the days that followed the tragic day because let’s be honest, the smoke didn’t clear after 24 hours. It took days, weeks, and even months to truly get through all of the debris.

It is very clear that the terrorists were trying to bring us to our knees, trying to make America feel weak but instead like America was able to rise out of the ashes and become stronger.

I will never forget 9/11/01 and my thoughts are with everyone who has felt pain due to this date.