We at NerdKO would like to send our best wishes and heartfelt condolences to families and friends of the victims of 9/11, as well as our utmost respect for all who died that day.
There are no words to describe the feelings we all have about the day that we as a people were attacked. It’s not just despair, it’s so much more than anger, and to call it horrific would be the understatement of the century.
the attacks of 9/11 are burned into the heart of every American who lived through that day. We all bear a scar on our soul that will never fade. I’d like to share with you a moment of my past.
It was years ago when I was on active duty in Wurzburg Germany. I was practically a kid then. Our hospital treated burn victims from a bombing in Sarajevo. Many people were killed and some brought to our burn unit for care. Somehow, it rolled right off me. I remember wondering why everyone thought it was such a big deal. I knew it was sad, but It seemed like one of those things that just happens and you move on. I’m not sure if I was callous, jaded, or just not mature enough to truly understand the severity of what had happened. I don’t think I truly understood how many lives were destroyed or the pain and suffering that children, mothers, sisters, brothers, and fathers were left with. After seeing that and walking away from it with a fairly nonchalant attitude about the whole thing, I never thought something would really have a profound affect on me. Then on the morning of September 11th, 2001, I went to work, turned on the radio, and the day unfolded.
It was the first time in my life I felt true emotional pain. It was the first time I realized that the hardships of my life were so petty and the obstacles I faced, so small. The suffering of a Nation in the span of 102 minutes eclipsing my lifetime’s sum of pain. It was the first time in my life that I questioned humanity as a whole. In what kind of world could people do something so magnificently abominable to innocent human beings? It was the first time in my life, that I understood truly and completely, Patriotism. I thought I was patriotic before. I was a soldier, I always loved my country, and I understood how lucky I was to be an American citizen, But this was the day I gained a depth of understanding that I will carry with me and work to impress upon others for the rest of my life.
On this 11th anniversary of the attacks against our country and the crimes against humanity perpetrated against us, Remember the innocent people who died on our soil. Men, Women, and children from all walks of life who started their day on 9/11 just like you and I did. Just like we do to this day. People who like you and I, had the right to live full and happy lives.
Remember Flight 11 and the 87 innocent passengers and crew who’s lives were stripped from them as their flight struck the south tower at 8:46am. Remember Christine Hanson, the 2 year old girl on her first trip to Disney land who with her parents and 57 other victims aboard flight 175 lost their lives at 9:03 a.m when the plane they were on struck the north tower. Remember the often forgotten Flight 77 and the 59 people killed that morning as their plane struck the Pentagon at 9:37am , as well as the 40 victims of flight 93 who attempted to retake the plane unsuccessfully before it crashed to the ground near Shanksville Pennsylvania at 10:03 am. Remember the rest of the children who never had a chance to live their lives and didn’t even understand why theirs was ending that day. Remember the 411 emergency workers that gave their lives trying to protect and save the innocent on that day. Remember all of the 2,977 victims of this, the most heinous crime committed against innocent civilians in American history.
It doesn’t matter why you think it happened, what conspiracy you believe, or what religion you practice. It doesn’t matter if you’re a republican or Democrat. It’s not an issue of race, creed, or color. The simple fact is this. On that day, we saw atrocities unlike any we have ever seen. No matter who you think was responsible or why. Whether you believe it was religious, political, or otherwise is irrelevant. Cast trivial personal issues, ridiculous bigotries, and prejudices to the side, because Blame is not what is important here.
I urge you all to consider that the most important thing about 9/11 now, is remembering those we lost then and honoring them.
Make the most of your life today for those we lost yesterday. Show reverence to them by being your best and show them that humanity can be better than those who saw to harm them. Show them that as they look down upon us, we are trying to make our world a better place. Show the rest of the world that we are strong, and show those who were involved and still live today that we will not be shaken. We will live our lives just as every human being is entitled to do. We will not fear, We will not move, We will stand strong as Americans. As a nation.
On this 9/11, show that you are a better human being. Forgive someone who wronged you. Do something kind for a neighbor, register for classes, contribute to society, be a better person for them and for yourself so that we may someday look back at the world we created and feel no regret. Do something to help humanity reach for it’s potential.
Remember hope, and be your best in the memory of those who do not have that chance.