September11
September
11th. The day that changed America. It was one of America’s worse days
and one of our best days. Now, 12 years later what three words describe
Sept 11 to you and what image do you remember the most?




I was conducting military training near Virginia and heard the news of
the first plane hit. The image I remember the most is watching live tv
and seeing the second plane hit. I knew the Marine Corps was about to
get a lot busier.

To me the three words would be Vulnerability, Selflessness, and Patriotism.

Vulnerability
because America was riding pretty high on our horse and didn’t see the
warning or think something like this would or could happen. We became
complacent as a country. Guess we forgot the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

Selflessness
because on that day in a city that is diverse as America is big,
hundreds of different nationalities, races and people in general put all
of their indifferences aside and came together. Not only at the site of
the attack but around the US. It was one of our worse days and one of
our greatest days.

The
following days after that attack I have never seen such Patriotism in
this country not even on the Fourth of July. American flags lined the
streets, houses and businesses and America was very united. Why did we
let this patriotism fade?


Those that witnessed a similar attack (Pearl Harbor) could relate to
the feeling experienced on Sept 11th. They knew that feeling and
witnessed the country coming together. America is not bullet proof. We
are strong but only as strong as our weakest link and we have to get
“ourselves” together as a country to set the parameters up for our
continued success in the future. After the Sept 11 attacks America
flashed back to that time when we were “America” when we moved with a
purpose as an entire country. Stocktraders, tradesmen, NFL players with
successful jobs and substantial incomes joined the military to “make a
difference”.

Something
within them drove them to put their country before themselves, before
their personnel gains and contribute to a greater cause, one that might
cost them their lives. That type of action can’t be created, if it could
recruiters would have an easy job. It comes from within a person to put
their individual gain aside and focus on the greater good. Why has
this faded over the years? We are America! The home of the free and
land of the brave. Ask anyone that doesn’t live in the United States if
they want to come to the US, the answer is always Yes!

You
know that feeling in your gut after the attacks? The feeling you had as
you watched the country come together? I have that feeling in my gut
24/7. It’s what makes America what it is. It’s what makes us different
because we aren’t afraid to strive to be the best, help those that are
less fortunate, and to go take care of those that threaten what we
believe in especially those that threaten America. With every
deployment I make I see Americas best making a difference, living in
austere conditions, dealing with unimaginable circumstances and
routinely leaving an area better than it was when they arrived and
making a difference. By the way they do volunteer to do this. They live
that captured post 9/11 feeling day in and day out.

We
were attacked 12 years ago because of our vulnerability, our selfless
acts and patriotism by those that hate all of those things. They hate
America and everything it stands for. Guess what, they still hate
America. I call it like I see it and we need that spirit following the
attacks of 9/11 back to let the world know that even after 12 years we
don’t forgret! The terrorist failed. they wanted to terrify America,
what they did was just the opposite.

What three words describe Sept 11 to you and what image do you remember the most?

Time for a CGar!

Comments

  1. Courage, Selflessness, and Resilience.
    One favorite image is Mayor Rudy Guliani – talk about a true leader whose emotions mirrored the horror and sorrow we all experienced, but was such a compelling figure in reassuring all of us and marshalling the forces of the city in rapid and coherent fashion. Thank goodness he was at the helm that day.
    Another favorite image – President Bush and the firemen atop the rubble. Seeminly overwhelmed by the magnitude of the destruction, but unbroken and vowing to overcome the evil unleashed upon us.
    I highly recommend reading “Heart of a Soldier” by Frank Stewart or googling the name, Rick Rescoria. Not only did he predict the attack on the World Trade Center as far back as the 1990s, but he was working as a security officer for Morgan Stanley at the WTC on 9/11. He led many to safety before heading back into the building “one more time” and giving his life. He is my ultimate citizen hero.

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