September 11 Thirteen Years Later
September 11 remains a day no American who lived through it will ever forget. Thirteen years later the pain sill lingers across our great nation. Millions of Americans paused to remember the innocent and precious lives that was lost on this tragic day thirteen years ago. Memorials are annually held in New York at the World Trade Center site and museum as well as at the Pentagon in Washington DC and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania at the crash site of flight 93. The families of the victims are honored in traditional ceremonies reflecting on the lives their love ones once lived. All across the country a moment of silence is held at the exact times that the Twin Towers and Pentagon were struck by planes. A moment of silence is also held at the crash site of flight 93 in Shanksville PA every year on the anniversary of September 11.
For many of us, this day seemed like yesterday. We all remember where we were and what we were doing. I personally remember coming to school early that fateful mourning. I thought to myself what a beautiful day. The weather was perfect in Washington DC. When I got to school, I immediately went to the nurses office because I was late for my 1st period class. I was in tenth grade at the time. I could feel something was very wrong when I over heard the nurse say to a lady in her office that a plane had just flew into the twin towers. I thought to myself what awful thing and how could something like this happen? I immediately asked her what was going on and where was the twin towers located because, I never heard of it before. She told me not worry and to go my second period class. Her eyes were filled with tears. I knew at that moment something very bad had happened. As soon as I made it to my second period class I was told a plane flew into the Pentagon and our school was on lock down. My heart drop into my stomach. The fear had begun to become unbearable. I couldn't fathom a plane striking my grandfather's former work place. He had just past away in January of that same year. I thought to myself lucky my grandfather wasn't alive to see this moment. He would have been devastated beyond belief and might have lost some of his closest friends. I remember fighting back tears as my class was starting to get emptier from frantic parents demanding the release of their teen-aged sons and daughters. Out of the 1500 student body, only 100 of us remained in school that day as mid day struck. It's a moment, I will never forget. I will always wonder why my parents didn't come to get me that day but that is for another discussion. Now lets move on.
The war on terror has become a very controversial issue over the many years mainly do the reckless invasion of Iraq by president George W. Bush in 2003. Millions of Americans since this time have become war fatigued by the ongoing conflict which continues to this day. Despite these mishaps there has been significant strides forward to defeat this ruthless and barbaric enemy. Under current President Barack Obama, the mastermind behind the 9/11 tragedy was finally bought to justice. Osama Bin Ladin who had been at large for so many years following the vicious terrorist attacks on our nation was killed on May 2, 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan by our great navy seals. Americans across the country celebrated this long awaited victory but despite this enormous move forward, we are still left with Muslim extremist groups such as Isis who continues to carry out brutal murders of Americans oversees. This conflict remains one that we as a country must win. We owe it to the 3000 brave souls who lost their lives on this terrible September 11 day, thirteen years ago. The fight rages on.
May all how died on September 11 rest in paradise. This concludes my article on 9/11. Please leave your thoughts below about this awful event in our nation's history. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.