No matter whom we are or where we live, we will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we found out the Twin Towers had been attacked. This day affected every single human being in this country; some more than others. Now, a decade has gone by, yet the memory still lives on of the events that took place on that horrid day of September 11th, 2001.
The effects of 9/11 are endless. Not only did the terrorist attacks launch us to declare a War on Terror, but it took away thousands of lives that can never be replaced. Dads, moms, best friends, spouses, siblings, boyfriends, and colleagues- a decade later, the pain may have faded but the memory stays the same.
Let’s honor those lost. Not just by remembering, but by passing the story and legacy on to the future generations. Most people commonly think of the Twin Towers being struck in NYC, but those were not the only events of that day. Let’s not forget the attack on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., as well as the fallen Flight 93.
It’s not just the firefighters, police officers, and those who lost their lives that are deserving of honor. Let’s honor their families, their friends. To the wife who now has to raise her children without their father. To the boyfriend who will always wonder what could have been. To the college graduate who continued on through the pain and achieved their goal without having that support system on the day the cap was finally tossed.
Let’s raise our glasses to those who bared the pain, the loneliness, the sorrow of not being able to say goodbye. Honor those who had to relearn how to live without. Let’s give thanks to the volunteers who gave their time during desperation; to the fallen soldier fighting the War on Terror for our country.
A decade later and I still get chills each and every time I see a clip of a plane smashing right into the World Trade Center. I was in the library at Bloomingdale Senior High School in Valrico, FL. I spent the rest of the day with my eyes glued to the T.V. and my jaw down on the floor. My thoughts went to my family in NJ with hope and worry that they were not in the city that day.
On this 9/11 Remembrance, let’s not only remember the fallen, but give our prayers to those who still live on.
Here’s a list of events in the Tampa Bay Area in remembrance of Sept. 11th, 2001 and things you can do to support:
Post a tribute or volunteer
Steel beam comes to Tampa Museum
Remembrance Ride and Patriot Day Celebration