I will never forget where I was 13 years ago. I’ll never forget sitting in Sophomore English class, when a teacher ran in, tears steaming down her face, not saying a word, but simply turning on the tv. Nobody in class said a word, as we all turned and watched. Some of my classmates cried. Some got angry, most sat in stunned silence.
The rest of the day was much of the same. Watching, quiet hugs and timid smiles. No schoolwork happened that day.
I remember going home, and again, sitting in front of the tv in stunned silence.
As the years have gone by, September 11 has not faded from my memory.
I am proud to be an American. I’m proud to call the United States my home. I’m proud to be free, and cannot express my thanks enough to those who have fought and will fight for me. I know there is a lot wrong in our world, and there are probably things that should have been done differently, but I am still proud.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hug a loved one today. And remember those that can no longer do that.