Remembering 9/11

Where were you when the twin towers were struck on 9/11/2001?

I was 18. I turned on the morning news like I always did before going to school. What I saw was like a scene from an action movie. But it wasn’t. It was real. It was happening.

I sat on my sofa with absolute disbelief. I drove to school still in shock. When I went into class, our professor decided to share words of his grief for the people of New York and our nation. He told us to be prepared for what may come. He warned us of the effects of fear and what it can do to a nation and its people.

I joined the military a year later.

I was not personally affected by 9/11. I didn’t lose anybody. But I did lose my confidence in the safety of our country. I was no longer naive. I was made aware that bad things happen when you don’t expect it. I always also very angry that the terrible act of a few can affect so many.

When such events occur that evoke so many emotions from us, the mind and body feels shaken. Shock takes a toll. And memories of such events can bring about physical symptoms in us that remind us of how we felt that day.

Take today to remember our lost and our fallen. Take today to remember the day we stood united against terror. Take today to grieve. Take today to pray for those who are still devastated. Take today to pray for those who are still fighting.

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