9/11 unites American spirit
Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 20:09
All throughout the history of America, there are days that are so unforgettable that each person alive on the day remembers exactly where they were on that day. Last week, that day was 9/11.
This year, on the 9/11 anniversary, this member of the Eagle News remembers two things about the day: The flag planting ceremony which was held last year on the 10th anniversary and a discussion of this tragic day in our history the next day in the class Rhetorical Criticism by Dr. Mary Walch, who did an excellent job in getting a large group of 20-somethings to talk about a day that is difficult to speak about even with a close friend or a family member.
While planting the their flags in 2011 and 2012, people can see 50 stars in the flag, representing each state as unique with its own beauty and together they represent diversity along with a pursuit of the dream that makes this country great.
In Dr. Walch’s class on Sept. 12, the class examined what 9/11 meant to us and what each student was doing on that day, as well as examining the speeches President Bush gave following the attack.
Many of the students were in middle school, including this columnist, and remembered gathering in classrooms with other students to watch the coverage as it happened before being released early to go home for the day.
Coming home that night, my mom and dad didn’t say much and also encouraged their son not to say much, mostly because they were scared and they didn’t know how to explain this event to a 13 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Every American family went through the same anxiety, as well as fears of what the next days would bring.
Our hearts were broken, but our engines weren’t dead. By choosing to live as America did on that morning is what kept us from going crazy.
Let’s continue to live, dream and make a difference in our country because that’s what those who died would want us to do.