The attack on America September 11th, 2001 brought out the best of who we are as individuals and who we are as a nation. Days have turned into weeks and now years, 18 years to be exact and like everything with time, bits and pieces become lost. September 11th, 2001 was a dark and deep day for America, it was a day that made us stand up in the days and weeks after, and realize we have to protect and fight for our freedom and the livelihood for ourselves and our children. Today the fight feels different, is it due to a generation not understanding or realizing how vulnerable we can be if we don't stand together? I'm not sure, but when the time comes, and it will come again in whatever form of reminder it may be, we are stronger together. God Bless American and keep those who protect and serve always present in the back of ones mind.
Where were you 18 years ago today? Thanks to Dave Brandon (Bromo)-Kyle Dean-Cousin Katie (Katie Moore) on remembering 9/11 with me!
~An Ode to America ~
Author: Cornel Nistorescu
Publication: Evenimentulzilei ( Romanian Newspaper)
Why are Americans so united? They would not resemble one another even if you painted them all one color! They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations and religious beliefs.
On 9/ll, the American tragedy turned three hundred million people into a hand put on the heart. Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the Army, or the Secret Service that they are only a bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts. Nobody rushed out onto the streets nearby to gape about.
Instead the Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a helping hand.
After the first moments of panic, they raised their flag over the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colors of the national flag. They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a government official or the president was passing. On every occasion, they started singing: 'God Bless America !'
I watched the live broadcast and rerun after rerun for hours listening to the story of the guy who went down one hundred floors with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who she was, or of the Californian hockey player, who gave his life fighting with the terrorists and prevented the plane from hitting a target that could have killed other hundreds or thousands of people.
How on earth were they able to respond united as one human being? Imperceptibly, with every word and musical note, the memory of some turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes. And with every phone call, millions and millions of dollars were put into collection aimed at rewarding not a man or a family, but a spirit, which no money can buy. What on earth unites the Americans in such a way? Their land? Their history? Their economic Power? Money? I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases with the risk of sounding commonplace, I thought things over, I reached but only one conclusion... Only freedom can work such miracles.
(This deserves to be passed around the Internet forever.) It took a person on the outside - looking in - to see what we take for granted !
GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!
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