We Will Never Forget

We Will Never Forget

7 years ago, as I was dozing off in my morning computer science class at Tech, the Towers fell.

I rushed over to the student center and watched in confusion as a few Arab girls broke down – confused, frustrated, and in inexplicable shock.  For me, it took a few days for the tragedy of 9/11 to settle in.  After hearing of the victims’ stories and of the bravery of the NYC firemen and police officers, things slowly started transitioning from surreal to disastrously real.

In the large international scheme of things, the tragedy of our generation’s lifetime may seem insignificant and minimal, but it was our tragedy…our Vietnam.  Of course, ever since those two planes obliterated our innocence, things haven’t been the same.

Have you traveled at all since 9/11?  Fear underlines every motive the government seems to have in enacting some new law.  We’ve gone to war because of 9/11.

I will never forget how survivors told stories of fearless firemen repeatedly going in and out of the Towers in hopes of rescuing people.  How can one face the most significant, treacherous, and challenging moment in their life with unwavering courage and determination?  Covered in soot, with lungs inundated by smoke, and nearly incapacitated from the physical and mental strain of the rescue mission, these firemen somehow found a way to go on.

We are all in debt to the NYC servicemen and officials who gave their lives to preserve the lives of others.

Have we really progressed as a society and nation since that time?  I don’t know…but I’m inclined to think not.  The economy has regressed and we’ve continually been pushed further and deeper into a corner of fear and manipulation.    Maybe it is still too early to gain the proper historical perspective on the tragedy of 9/11.  Maybe not.  I don’t know.

Regardless, none of that diminishes the efforts of the thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) of folks who’ve assisted in the efforts to help recover from 9/11.  Nothing can ever diminish the spirit shown by the people of New York City.

To think, I had never even step foot in NYC before the Towers fell.  And afterwards?  I’ve gone about twice a year since then.  All I’ve known of the World Trade Center is the massive indentation of gravel and steel that exists at the site of Ground Zero.

Has it really been 7 years since the Towers fell?

Nearly 3,000 people perished in the tragedy of 9/11.

“We Will Never Forget.”

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