Never Forget


Its true. 9/11 really never will be forgotten.

I was in fifth grade. My mom was pregnant with my youngest sister. I was sitting in my moms bed and she was braiding my hair before school. It was just a normal day until my dad called my mom and told her to turn on the tv and watch the news. We watched it all day. My mom didn’t send me to school.

When you’re in fifth grade you’re still so young and innocent so acts of terror just don’t make sense. I was scared and in shock. This was the first time I really realized that bad things can happen close and to good people. It all forced me to mature and grow up a little. It taught me a lot about the world – scary things about the world. I hated it but I couldn’t look away, either.

However in the midst of all the heartache, loss, uncertainty and sadness it was also very special and exciting to see the unity that happened after the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Everyone came together in support and love with the goal to rebuild, grow stronger and prove that this act wasn’t going to destroy us. We proved we would be ok and we were willing to put the time and effort into making that true.

I have never forgot the way I felt that day. It was a day full of feelings I’d never felt before. Every September 11th I think back to that day and this year was no different. I was back there in my moms bed watching the towers burn and crumble, hearing of the attack on the Pentagon and the flight that crashed in a field before it could cause more harm. It still breaks my heart. I think of the families who were affected and I can’t hold my tears in. I think of the family members lost that day and all the unanswered questions and the ache that must live in so many because of that day. I also think of the unity that has since been built. Yeah, there is a lot wrong in the world still and we definitely aren’t 100% united in all things, but I love to really think about the way so many came together to help, serve and protect.

It has been fifteen years and I still don’t know how to put into words how this all makes me feel and I’ll probably never figure out how to. All I know is I will never forget September 11th, 2001.



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