Today marks the 12th anniversary of the attacks of September 11. I remember being in my high school Sophomore English class, having just finished a quiz, and hearing the Dean of Students announce the attack over the intercom. We were all shocked when we heard, and began discussing it, wondering who could have done it and why. My within a couple hours I had study hall, and the library was more packed than ever, with almost everyone watching the television with the news reports about what was going on. It was a scary situation that changed millions of lives in a matter of a couple hours.
Another thing I remember about that time was the unity and pride that we, as Americans, had in our country and its values. I remember watching President Bush on TV, standing near Ground Zero, giving the exact speech that was needed at that time. Almost every American, regardless of age, gender, or political perspective, was proud of that speech. We also were proud of what we stood for as a country, and were not going to let it be taken away by an act of terror such as that. Instead, we paused for a short time to recover from the event and acknowledge and honor the lives that were lost, and we pressed on as a strong nation. We became more united than we had been in a while, and have been since.
As we remember the tragedy that we experienced on September 11, 2001, and honor the lives that were lost, let us also remember the positive response we gave in our unity and national pride. The response cannot be just for a couple weeks or months. It needs to be a normal characteristic of this country. That is one of the best ways we can remember 9/11 and honor those who were impacted by the events that day.