9/11... 17 years later.


 

It was just any other morning...

I got up, showered, ate my breakfast and got ready for school, not knowing this day would change the lives of so many.

My Dad always had the news on in the morning. That’s when I was informed of what happened.

We watched as the planes hit the Twin Towers in New York. It was a horrible scene to watch, I can only imagine how it was to go through it for those who were there that day.

School was still in session, but all we could think of was what happened just a few hours ago.

My first class was History and Mr. Watson was our teacher. He was a Marine (later I would find out there is no such thing) because “once a Marine, always a Marine.” 

He was a quiet man. Professional. Just went about his work. But the attacks was noticeably troubling him. It did the same for me, I think for all of us. But we were still kids at the time. With him being a Marine, I wanted to know what was on his mind?

I hadn’t thought of joining the military before that day. To be honest, probably not even after. But after I graduated from high school, I completed a semester in of junior college and found out real quick I didn’t need to be there.

I’ve always wondered what I would do in life. How would I contribute to the world? What can I give? Or provide for my family?

I no longer questioned myself, my contributions, what I could give or how I could provide for my family... after I had been in the Navy for a few years. Especially with combat deployments to Iraq.

Now, after over just 15 years it’s been a long journey. A fulfilling one at that.

No matter what’s happening, we must take time to always remember. 

 

- From former President George W. Bush

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”

 


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