I personally believe that 9/11 should be viewed as a sacred day…a day that was filled with both tragedy and heroics. I would love to see it become a National Holiday, a day that we honor those who lost their lives. Unfortunately on the 9th anniversary what we saw for some was a day of tragedy and hope turned into just another day of politics.
I personally believe that this day should not be a day of politics, political rally’s, and protest. Instead it should be a day that we stand back and remember those lives lost and the way we felt that day.
Nine years ago we all became a one. We shed tears, quivered in fear, hoped and prayed to our God for the lives lost and for protection for the survivors and the families of the victims. The days that followed we watched as men and women marched into the Gates of Hell searching for any sign of someone who survived. We cheered the miracles of the few survivors and cried when non others were found.
On that day and the day after we became Americans first, second and third. We did not worry about the person next to us being a Republican or Democrat. We did not care if our neighbors were black or white, gay or straight because we were all the same, we were Untied Americans. All faiths came together from the tragedy; Jews, Buddhist, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and others put aside their difference in belief long enough to celebrate the similarities in all of us.
On 9/11 as we set back in stunned horror the world too watched. Some openly wept with us while others cheered, but what the world would watch next was one of the greatest moments in American History. We stood shoulder to shoulder and helped our fellow-man. They watched as army’s of police, firemen, EMT’s and construction workers from around the nation marched into Ground Zero to try to save our fellow Americans and they watched as we wept for those who were lost. The world saw a nation that was broken-hearted, but resilient. They watched as all Americans came together to act as one for the betterment of those who suffered.
Slowly over time the world also watched this period of new-found brotherhood and friendship wane, and be replaced with extremely bitter political divides.
What I would like to see happens, is for the world one day out of every year, on 9/11, to sit back and watch as Americans come together and become one People again. We can show the world the strength of the American heart or our underbelly. I believe if the world can see us set aside our fights for a 24 hour period every year to embrace our brothers and sisters the world will see a nation that can never be torn apart by outsiders and they will see our true strength.
In those awful days after 9/11 we came to temporally understand the meanings of President Kennedy’s words:
“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”
And for us in this Great Nation…We are All Americans!