Let’s remember the victims of 9/11
Posted on Sep 11, 2012 in Opinion
America has suffered through terrible events during different points of its history, but eleven years ago on September 11th 2001, we as a society experienced a true nightmare right here on our own soil.
A group of terrorists (all from different parts of the Middle East) hijacked planes, and crashed them into different locations. Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. One plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the other plane known as Flight 93 was headed for the U.S. Capitol Building, but crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The effect of all this brought the war on terrorism to a start and stricter airport security. It even struck a surge of fear into all of the U.S. citizens.
I was in my second grade class when this event hit the news. None of the kids knew what was happening, but I remember that all the teachers were going classroom-to-classroom telling each other about what was on the news. It was hectic seeing them with fear in their eyes. Some even turned on the news in their classrooms. How were they going to explain to us about what had happened?
They ended up telling us as best they could. I, on the other hand, was still trying to comprehend what all happening. I was asking questions such as: Were they coming here? Who are these people doing this? When I got home, my parents had it on the news. I remember seeing lots of smoke, people crying, the flood of papers, the swarm of fire fighters and policemen, and the ember of flames.
This past year I had recently found out that my mother had a friend on the 93rd floor of one of the twin towers. He worked with her company from New York, but they actually used to work in the same firm together. She’s not the only one who lost someone that day, though. Citizens from around the country had lost someone during the attacks on 9/11. Although this was a horrific attack, it made us Americans stronger in unity. That strength in unity is what got us through the attacks. It’s what made those random citizens, firemen, and policemen heroes.
So this September 11th let’s keep everyone who was affected by the attacks in our thoughts. Try to reflect on where you were. Just remember strength in unity.
By J.C. Lentine