10 years ago from September 11, 2011, I was in 8th grade. I was in my government class and it was about my turn to recite The United States Constitution (it was part of our test). As I stood up and about to start, another teacher rushed into our room and whispered to my teacher something. Us students had no idea what was happening, so we just sat there waiting. My teacher looked flushed. He had this frightened look on his face as if something terrible happened. He then told us, calmly, "A plane has crashed into one of the twin towers. This may be scary to you, but try to remain calm." He then turned on the T.V.. We all watched in silence. We saw the 2nd plane crash into the other tower. My teacher was almost in tears. It was just one after another with new breaking news. I thought this terrorist attack was never going to end. When would it stop? Our professor let us know that, "This will be a day you will never forget." And so he was right. IS right. I never forgot that day. I might have forgot the tiny details of what I wore, what I ate, who I sat by, but never did I forget what happened and how it happened.
It truly was a sad day and I think it will always remain a sad day, but it's also a good constant reminder of how our country stood right back up and took on defeat in a way where we came out stronger than before. Closer than before.
It still sickens me and hurts me to see images of people jumping out of the windows, planes being crashed into the towers and pentagon, dead bodies being carried from the scene, and smoke all over New York. So many people's lives were given up, so many families lost loved ones; all not by choice but by an action out of anger from terrorists.
So, with all this being said, I am one proud American for all those men and women firefighters, police officers, and military members. I am especially proud to be a granddaughter, a daughter, and now a wife to a military man. I love my husband with all my heart and then some for his bravery to go and serve our country knowing that his life can be at stake at anytime while being deployed. I will always be thankful for that alone, but always be thankful that 10 years ago, I was sitting in my government class about to recite the United States Constitution because to this day, I STILL know it by heart. Without for Ado:
"We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
5 years ago