Reflecting on 9/11
On September 11th, 2001, the world changed forever. It was the largest single terror attack ever on American soil. The tragedy was a graphic reminder that the world was becoming smaller and our borders and two oceans were not enough to protect us from the world.
I was in Europe when 9/11 happened. I stood stunned in front of the row of televisions at the Army Air Force Exchange Services electronics store where I worked. I was sure the world was ending and I could barely breathe. I grew up in Jersey City, NJ. The Manhattan skyline was the backdrop of my childhood. It was always there. The Towers were the feature. Twin obelisks reaching to the heavens. How could they be gone? Is this real life? Really didn’t know.
I was not sure if I would recover. I did not know if the nation would recover. But, we did what humans do – we adjusted and lived on. We cleaned up and we moved on to the next phase of American life. As we look back 15 years later, we should reflect on our entire response and start making changes. Start by taking better care of each other and improving our relationship with the rest of the world. There is too much at stake.