Friday, September 11, 2009

I salute you America


On a somber note, I wasn't sure if I wanted to do one of these posts. I'd read several 9/11 post this morning. I didn't know if I could do it justice. I didn't know if anyone would even care what I would have to say. I would like to recognize the anniversary of 9/11/01. It's a day none of us will ever forget. It's like how our parents know exactly where they were when the first man landed on the moon, and where they were when JFK was shot to his death. This is a day that I can remember as vividly as if it were today. It was sunny and clear, blue skies in Memphis that day. I remember walking to class with sleepy eyes, and hair a mess thinking what a lovely day was being ruined by having to go to American History at 9:40am in the morning. I went into class and sat in a seat in the auditorium. My teacher came in and announced that class was cancelled. He said, "Today is a day you will never forget. You will always remember exactly where you were for the rest of your life when you find out what happened today. You will NEVER forget. Go home. Go home. Go home and turn your televisions on." He didn't even tell us what had happened. People were rushing all over campus, and everyone was talking on their phones. All I kept hearing were people saying one plane, no two planes, OMG, OMG, I need to call so and so. I finally got home and turned the tv on. Because, in college, I didn't watch the news. I didn't care about the world as a whole. I cared about my own little world; I didn't even realize that there was a world outside my little world. As, I watched the television and the castastrophe laid out before my eyes, I was stunned. You hear and see these type of things happening in other countries far away from the United States. I never fathomed it could happen on our own soil. It was America, the United States, land of the free, land of opportunity, not a war zone. I was naive and sheltered like many Americans were. These were things I read about in textbooks about times past. Not my country. But today, sadly, the children of America will grow up with the lingering thoughts of terrorism. They will not have the carefree days of being naive and sheltered thinking America is invincible and safe. Those were the days I lived until 9/11/01. Today, I pay homage and respect to those who lost their lives that day. It is a day that no textbook could ever describe in enough detail to know the panic that bled through America's heart. Today and every day, I am proud to be an American and hope that our country can one day return to the days where we ran through the sprinkler in our front yard in the summertime without a care in the world.......

11 comments:

Lauren Kelly said...

Absolutely beautiful!! And you did it justice girl. I think these are the thoughts of everyone across the world today!!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I don't think you CANNOT do it justice if you are just honest. Nice post, I loved it. I remember where I was too...though I was only 11. I was in my history class as well...kind of weird huh?

-Lauren

Kelley said...

Very beautifully said.

The Pink Chick said...

What a wonderful post and tribute!

Kristin said...

That was beautifully said.

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

I think it was the end of all of our innocence. Nothing has been the same since, even though I think we are slowly healing, I pray that no one ever forgets!

Lil' Woman said...

Wonderful post!

♥ H ♥ said...

Good post. I was in my Computer class then in the middle of walking to my next class (history) the 2nd plane hit. It;s all we watched that day in school. My comp teacher thought it was a joke when she got the email. I get chills thinking about it. God Bless all the lives lost, all those fighting and America!

R. Wallis @ TrueBeauty said...

Great post girl! I will always remember sitting in my Anatomy & Physiology lab and hearing the news. Several class mates of mine were from or had family in Manhattan, and the entire class burst into tears for them. It was a day that words can't adequately describe and a day we will never forget.

Elise said...

Hello, I just had to leave you a note because I've so enjoyed reading your posts today. You have the most gorgeously beautiful site - best wishes & thank you ..

Blondiesblondemoments said...

well said..I will never forget

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