Like so many of you, I took some time yesterday to watch the many tv specials commemorating 9/11. What struck me the most was how emotional it still made me 20 years later. I was brought to tears so many times as I listened to the kids of 9/11, the survivors and to the families of those souls that perished that fateful day!
The morning of 9/11 I was at the Aldi’s grocery store. All four of my kids were in school from preschool to middle school and my husband Joe, was working in downtown Chicago. The customers at Aldi’s started talking about a plane crashing into the Twin Towers in New York and no one knew what was going to happen next. So many of us at Aldi’s just left our shopping carts and headed home. As soon as I got home, I turned on the tv and watched in horror as to what was happening in New York! Here in Johnsburg the schools were on lock down and my husband was headed home! I’m sure so many of you can recall exactly where you were when this unimaginable tragedy was taking place!
The words that former President Bush spoke yesterday really hit home for me! When he recalled how every person stopped to help their fellow man. How people opened up their homes to those who could not get back to theirs. He spoke of how the United States of America put aside Republican and Democrat and united as one for the sake of the country and the people of the USA!
What also struck me was when the news compared a few sad differences from 9/11 to now! When the steps of the Capitol Building a few days after 9/11 had all of the leaders singing the National Anthem compared to this past January when people were trying to break into the Capitol Building to hurt those leaders. Another comparison was when people patiently waited to be screened to get on an airplane after 9/11 and now people are acting hysterically crazy because they need to wear a mask to keep us all safe!
We have come a long way since 9/11, we surely still need to do a lot more! The overwhelming support and good will that was shown after 9/11 needs to come back! Let us not forget those kind souls that simply walked into work or boarded those flights and never returned home! Let us never forget all of those who continue to protect us since 9/11!
God Bless the United States of America!