When tragic events occur in America, most; if not all will tell you where they were the moment it occurred – Pearl Harbor, Kennedy assassination and the 9/11 terror attack. Sunday, marked the tenth year anniversary of 9/11, a date forever seared in the minds and hearts of Americans in most recent history.
9/11 was a time of tragedy, sorrow, fear, concern, and deep morning. There was no right or left, liberal or conservative, only Americans attempting to console each other, as a nation wept over our loss of loved ones. Not even the smoke that darkened our skies and falling debris could make us forget who we were and what we stood for.
As the days would come to show, the evil that murdered our fellow Americans and attempted to tear a nation apart, fortified our strength as we rose together from the ashes – united and reminded the world; while our building can be attacked, the American spirit can never be destroyed
Freedom is not a concept, unity not just a word; we are the living embodiment of what freedom is; constantly proving our founding principles live within our blood and fuels the American spirit. Americans rise to the challenge of being a greater nation and meeting it with pride and excelling beyond what is expected, we are the bar that other nations must rise to meet.
While our nation is relatively young, we have emerged the light of hope, truth, freedom, and compassion for all other nations to aspire and become. Always being the first to appear in times of trouble and the last to exit when our neighbors are in need. Yes, our nation is young but the American spirit is old, wise, refusing to be extinguished by anyone and for any reason.
Tributes played on 9/11 reminds us of what our nation faced realizing the wounds are still tender while we watching our fellow Americans suffer and can bring the strongest of men to tears and his knees as we lost our innocence that fateful day. Americans in general, looks upon those days with weepy eyes and a lump in your throat always remembering a shared sorrow and knowing that when you attack one of us, you attack us all, we are united, we are one nation under God and we will forever stand together.
It is therefore, heart wrenching to read constant attacks on social networks like facebook, twitter and even myspace of conspiracy theories of 9/11, or New York op-ed piece by Paul Krugman “The Conscience of a Liberal – The Year of Shame”:
“What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful……Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror……justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons……The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/the-years-of-shame/?smid=tw-NytimesKrugman&seid=auto
Having read this “opinion,” I wonder what America they live in. The America I live in, does not see it as a shameful day because of what occurred in the days that followed, on the contrary; we came together as a nation, put politics aside and helped one another heal wounds and comforted one another in a time of tragedy. I recall Americans showing up to help with the clean up, donations exceeding what anyone could have expected, small gestures’ for those in need having a profound and everlasting meaning. That is the America I recall in those days and the America that still exists in our hearts and minds.
While I find these commentaries vile, disgusting, and hurtful and understanding that words do matter, I realize that, we also have the freedom to express those opinions, no matter how ignorant, hurtful, asinine and vulgar we find those words to be. Therefore, I encourage my fellow Americans to use these people as examples of what NOT to become. You can be the one to inspire hope, or be the ignoramus who spreads hate. I have faith in my fellow brother and sister Americans because I have seen your spirit and it shines brightly, you are the beacon of truth, freedom, compassion, and love. The American foundation and spirit is strong, alive and well and cannot be destroyed, rocked, or shaken – not by acts of terrorism or hateful words of the Paul Krugmens of the world. Look into your heart and hold your head high, some of us still have faith in our fellow Americans ability to overcome all that we face, as one peoples, one nation and as one spirit of freedom under God.