Tuesday, September 11, 2012

In memory of our heroes, the innocent and the WTC towers: 9/11 we will never forget.

I was working at Sun Microsystems as a PR manager out in California during the 9/11 attacks. It was around 6:45am when I heard about what happened, and how we still had two planes "missing". Then the second plane hit. Speculation was going around, thinking the Sears tower in Chicago was the next target, and then the Pentagon was struck, and the plane in Pennsylvania was hijacked but those heroes on the plane took over and died as martyrs, saving even more innocent lives.

My brother was supposedly on the plane flying out of Boston, but little did we know he flew back a day early. Since he is a night owl and not a morning person, he was unreachable until around noon that day, causing a LOT of fear and dread in our own family for a few hours. But that is nothing compared to what those who really did lose someone, felt. My company lost two of our executives on the planes, and we lost our offices in WTC 2, but no other casualties, everyone on the ground was able to get out safely.


Then, all of America banded together. We became brothers and sisters, holding hands, crying, hugging strangers. We may have gotten a big sting, but that did not fell us. We were stronger than that. I loved the pride that was felt throughout the land. We weren't black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Christian, gay, straight, rich or poor. We were AMERICANS. Every one of us. And while it saddens me to think that a tragedy had to occur to have us become ONE, and even saddens me further that our sense of unity has dissolved since then, but I am glad we have it in us, deep inside, somewhere.

Where did it go, though? Why does it end too soon, that feeling of pride, unity, loving strangers, and helping others? Now we are in a political upheaval, democrats are ratting on republicans, republicans are doing the same, and I see a huge chasm that is growing ever wider. Where is our American pride? Where is our Freedom as new laws are being put into place under the guise of "keeping us safe" but in reality they are stealing our freedom piece by piece? I think that is the true tragedy of the 9/11 attacks and the creation of the "Homeland Security Administration". No group should have that much power. The beauty of democracy is that the power is in the hands of the people, and we are losing that. We are reactive, not proactive. It is not safe anymore.

And while we still mourn those who we have lost, and hold dear to our hearts the heroes that risked their lives to save others, we lost a bigger piece of our country that day as well.

And many of us still live in fear, right here in the United States of America, where free men used to roam.

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