I will never forget where I was on September 11, 2001. I had just arrived at community college for the day’s classes when I passed by a television in the school lobby. I actually saw the 2nd plan hit one of the towers in New York City. Everyone was dazed and confused as to what was actually happening, and initial conversation around campus was that a small plane had crashed in New York. We soon learned, though, that a much more horrific tragedy was unfolding before our eyes.
I remember having an English literature class at 9:00 a.m. We didn’t have any discussion about literature that day. Our discussion was about the terrorist attacks. I was so somber in that class, and I can remember all of the other students sitting in awe of what had just happened.
My eyes were glued to the television when I got home from school that day. I don’t think I moved for what seemed like hours. I watched as countless selfless men and women sacrificed their lives by running towards the debris, while thousands of others ran away for shelter. Many of these men and women never made it back. The ultimate sacrifice was made out of selflessness and bravery.
Today, as we mark 15 years since that tragedy, I can’t help but pause and give thanks and gratitude to all of our men and women who sacrifice everything for our freedom. It’s not something we should take lightly. The men and women who went back into the crumbling debris didn’t stop and think for one second what their course of action was going to be. They reacted immediately. Those who helped retake airplanes in the sky also did so out of bravery and courage.
As Americans, we should never forget the sacrifices that have been made so that we can live freely. Every time we hear our national anthem, we should be reminded about how lucky we are and how well we have it. By taking a knee in protest during the national anthem, we show immaturity, selfishness, and lack of respect for our country.
So let’s remember the thousands of lives that were taken during that horrible day fifteen years ago, and let’s lift up the courage, bravery, and patriotism that was shown on that day.
God bless all of you, and God bless America forever!