Today is a day so many of us remember exactly where we were when we heard about the World Trade Center being hit by airplanes. We had no idea at first that some evil men had hatched this despicable plan to terrorize our nation by flying passenger airliners through buildings. Our lives were rocked to our very core. We sat in front of our TVs transfixed to those two towers just burning with smoke billowing out. And then before our very eyes, Tower 2 comes down with what only seemed like minutes Tower 1 followed suit.
Over 3,000 people died that day between the two towers, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 that crash landed in Pennsylvania. And among those who bravely gave their lives were the firemen, police officers and rescue workers trying to save so many from the buildings. These were men and women who loved their jobs and serving their city. It was in their blood. The service they provided that day is remembered by so many.
I heard on the radio earlier tonight on KLove, a young girl whose daddy died in one of the towers. She was only 1 at the time and she was stripped of having the privilege of getting to know her daddy. She wasn’t the only one. So many that day lost daddies and mommies, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, friends and coworkers. Tragedy struck that day. Yet, what the terrorists fail to realize is that it made us as a nation stronger. As Americans, we come together and form tighter bonds when we are hit at the very core of who we are.
No matter what anyone believes, the morals or values they hold, we are still all Americans and we will always be there for each other in the end. I wrote a poem that I hope to include in my daughter‘s memoir but I’d like to share it here now.
The Warriors Within
Where were you
that unforgettable day
when smoke billowed above
with the misery below?
Were you at home getting
ready for the day ahead?
Or were you on a train heading
into downtown for the work day grind?
Were you already at work busily
on the computer doing the tasks at hand?
Or were you at school being taught
reading, writing and arithmetic?
The question always asked
by most people it seems,
“Is where were you at when 4 different planes
decided to make an impact?”
That day was a surprise
for everyone you see
as we all realized
we’re not invincible after all.
We can be attacked
in such extreme ways
that it brings about
humility and timidity so great.
We were all scared wondering
what we should do;
We all watched in awe as the
warriors within stepped up to the call.
The enemy may have thought
we were most definitely defeated;
But instead raised us up as together
we were all united as one.