I remember, like everyone else, where I was the moment I heard about the Twin Towers being hit. I was watching the Today Show as the second plane hit the second tower and I watched as the building shook around Jim Miclishvski when the plane hit the Pentagon. At 17, it was the first time I had ever felt vulnerable as a nation.
Ten years later, I still get anxiety when I see the pictures, watch the specials on tv, and hear stories of the people directly effected from that day. Ten years later, tears still fill my eyes.
I will say the memorial looks amazing. I know there was a lot of debate as to what was going to be put up, but it's so perfect to me.
Having said all that, I have a bone to pick this year. What is up with all of these companies honoring the military, firefighters, and police officers this year? Free meals and cupcakes, to honor these brave men and women on 9/11. I don't understand that. If I am not mistaken, something like 75% of the people who died on that dreadful day were just average joes. I'm not saying let's not honor our firefighters, police officers, and members of our military, but what about the other people who died that day while they were just doing their jobs, too? It doesn't seem fair to honor just a few, when we should be remembering them all.
My heart breaks for all of the friends and family members who lost loved ones ten years ago. We'll never forget your loved ones.
[Please don't mistake this post for anything that it isn't. I have the deepest respect for first responders and our military. My freedom is owed to those who are braver than I.]