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The Day After: Reflection on September 11

Posted on September 12, 2011 I Written By

It has been ten years since the world was shocked by the events of September 11th.  Like most people, those images are forever ingrained on my mind.  None of us will ever forget where we were, or how we felt.  The magnitude of emotion that I felt is something that has had a deep impact on my entire life since then.

I was living in The Netherlands and was incredibly impressed with the people and their complete concern with the US and Americans in general.  There was an outpouring of love and concern from people who had not been personally affected, but felt the need to show their support for their friends and allies.

I vividly remember the images from the US Embassy in The Hague surrounded with hundreds of people, most of whom had brought flowers or other items to show their support.  One man was asked why he had come and left flowers, and his response was that, “The Americans are our friends and they need our support right now.”

There is a particular set of beliefs and ideals that make America great, but they are not exclusive to America.  There are people all over the world who value freedom and democracy just as much as we do.

In the ensuing ten years I have served six years in the Marine Corps, and am currently serving as an officer in the Air Force.  It is truly an honor to play some small role in helping to secure that freedom.

While the troubles facing our country today may not be violent or immediate, they are just as important when it comes to the strength of our country.  I have all the confidence in the world that the American people will come together and unite to bring America back to its full level of greatness.

We were all effected in some way by the events of September 11th.  May we never forget the sacrifice made by those on the ground that day, and equally important, the sacrifice of the men and women who have fought for our freedom since.  It is the people that make America great.  Always has been, always will be.


Teaching the New Generation of September 11th

Posted on September 11, 2011 I Written By

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Today’s been an interesting day to say the least. It’s amazing the mixture of emotions that have come to me as the 10th anniversary of September 11th passes. It’s this interesting mix of pride for America and its resiliency, sorrow for the loss of life and still not completely understanding how people could do what they did.

However, the thing that struck me most today was that my son really didn’t know anything about September 11th. He’s only 7 years old and so we’d never really talked to him about the details of what happened and quite frankly he’s still too young to really understand the meaning of that terrible day.

My wife and other two kids were out of town this weekend and so my 7 year old and I sat together and watched a few of the 9/11 specials that were going on. It provided a new perspective to me to try and share with my son why someone would fly a plane into a building like that. Needless to say, he’s got a lot more to learn and understand about the situation. However, it was educational for me to think through the questions he asked. I definitely didn’t have all the answers, but it helped me to appreciate the sacrifice the emergency response staff made on that day.

At one point in the fire fighter special we were watching my son had slowly gone and gotten all the fire engines we had in the house (I didn’t realize we had so many). In one scene they’re driving to ground zero where they see fire engines trashed and cars, ambulances and fire engines on top of each other. My son started to do the same with his toy fire engines. I tried to help him understand how “the good guys,” the fire fighters were doing everything they could to save people’s lives.

Each year as he grows, I’m sure he’ll learn more and more about the importance of 9/11. In some ways, I guess it’s a good thing that he doesn’t have to be harrowed by sad memories of that day.

I read somewhere that the theme for the 9/11 10 year anniversary is “I will volunteer.” I love the idea, but wish they’d have called it, “I do volunteer.” The idea of volunteering and helping others shouldn’t be like a New Years Resolution which we fail to keep. Helping others should be apart of who we are. I hope that this is indeed the legacy of 9/11. That’s what I plan on teaching my son.