Always Remember

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:16 PM
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Always Remember September 11, 2001. No matter how old you get, no matter how fuzzy your memory becomes, some moments in time will always remain clearly etched in your mind. Twelve years ago today, I was in my sophomore year of high school. My first class of the day was U.S. History. Our teacher had given us a year-long writing project, and that morning we were supposed to conduct research at the library. Nothing could have prepared us for what we were going to see when we entered the library at around 9 am that morning.

We were all so sheltered. Growing up in a tight-knit, rural town, I don’t think that any of us had ever seen true evil. The librarian was screaming as we walked in, “They’re bombing us!” Being skeptical teenagers, we thought that our librarian who was known for her eccentricities was just being, well, theatrical. Our eyes followed the finger that she was pointing at the television mounted on the wall. A news station was playing what looked like a scene from a movie. A scene of a plane hitting the World Trade Center. As graphic as it was, we couldn’t figure out why Ms. O was screaming about a movie. And then it slowly hit us. One by one. This was real life, not a movie.

We were watching a replay of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers. At the moment of realization of that cruel truth, everyone, and I mean everyone broke down in tears. We were watching the last moments of innocent people who had just woken up that morning and gone to work.

 Tragedies happen often it seems. And it’s true that what defines us is not that moment of despair, but instead, the courage and good deeds that arise out of the wreckage. And that is, I think, what 9/11 has become: the remembrance of the 2,996 people who died and the heroes who emerged.

 Always remember.


Loren Mathis

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