Americans were fearful, tearful, and angry when they heard about the airliners crashing into the New York Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania on Sept. 9, 2001.
We sat glued to the TV as we watched those towers crash down in clouds of smoke. We saw images of survivors, covered in the powdered remnants of those collapsed towers, running out of clouds of smoke. We heard about the brave firemen and policemen running into those same clouds.
There was lots of crying, lots of questions, lots of sympathy and empathy. The country was stunned. Most of us felt like we were punched in the stomach. We all wondered how our country was going to react to this surprise punch.
I know we all suffered that day. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. So many had lost so much.
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We have all had time to reflect and years of history are behind us. Time gives us all a different perspective. But we cannot conveniently forget the past, because it is too painful to remember. Eleven years later it is, for me, a day of mixed emotions. I most assuredly feel differently about 9-11 than I once did. But. as long as I live, I will never forget that day.
Is 9-11 just another day? Or have you forgotten?
Edmond P. DeRousse