For many, the thought of today being the decade anniversary of 9/11 is still hard to believe. A lot of people remember exactly where they were when they heard the news. I remember I was…
Whenever I first entered school, I dropped my violin off in the orchestra room. I was in the sixth grade at the time, and I was just about to head off to my first class whenever I saw my orchestra teacher pull out her TV. She quickly turned on the television, and suddenly an image of a burning building appeared on the screen. I had no idea what hijacking meant, I never heard of a terrorist attack… My first initial thought was that someone was trying to launch a war attack on us.
Then, as soon as I entered my math class some answers were revealed. The class was silent, and we were all listening to the news reports. In a quick moment, the sounds of the radio consisted of a deafening boom due to the first building collapsing.
The entire day was extremely somber. What I can remember beyond how devastatingly tragic 9/11 was, was what most remember when they think of September 11th — The togetherness of the nation. There were vigils, services, improvisational memorials. In a time of trial, the country stood together and we carried the memories of those we lost through love.
Since then a lot has happened. This nation’s seen war. We’ve seen an economic downward spiral, natural disasters, losses of heroes… However that major sense of unity has since frayed. We continue to let our differences bring us further away from that unity we experienced. It’s true we should carry on the memories, and not dwell on the past. However, we must also remember what these lives were lost for — and not just in the attacks. Since 2001, we’ve lost countless lives overseas who were protecting our freedom.
In conclusion, I want to dedicate this blog to those who lost their lives, those whose families were affected, and for the men and women serving this country. I’ll make it my mission everyday to live in love not hate, and I hope I inspire others to do the same. May God Bless America.
Stephanie L. Pham