SAN DIEGO, September 9, 2014 — When New York City’s Twin Towers were attacked on September 11, 2001, America was forever transformed.
Americans across the country tragically lost their unshakable belief that acts of foreign war and terror could not occur on American soil.
As approximately 3,000 Americans died, while visions of burning buildings and people jumping out of buildings proliferated on the TV news, the country came together for a brief moment in time in a unified voice screaming in disbelief, shock, mourning, outrage and resolve to move forward together.
America was instantly united as “one Nation, under God, indivisible.”
Polarizing issues of race, religion and politics were forgotten and replaced with a renewed American idealism.
Old Glory was displayed on porches, buildings, bumper stickers, automobile antennae, lapels and any other conceivable location.
For one tragic moment in time, the United States were truly united.
Firemen, policemen, patriots, volunteers and others flocked to the streets of New York City, coming from all over the United States with offers of aide, assistance and hope, without thought of their own lives or personal security.
On December 18, 2001, President George W. Bush signed the House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71, signing into law the designation of September 11 as Patriot Day.
Though not considered a federal holiday, the tradition continues to this day with American flags flown at half-staff at all United States government buildings across the globe, and at homes across America in a day of remembrance, mourning, and respect for those who gave their lives and for those who helped save them.
A moment of national silence is widely observed every September 11 at exactly the time the Twin Towers were viciously attacked, 8:46 A.M. EST.
Thirteen years now since the original September 11, Americans remember and acknowledge its place in history with parades, special events, prayer vigils, military and political events and by leaving flowers at Memorial sites.
Americans have also since returned to what constitutes a new normal existence and everyday life.
However, international conflicts have ensued, while major economies have come to near collapse.
The social, economic and political status in the United States has become more greatly divided and uncertain.
As the lessons from September 11, 2001 have been replaced with naiveté and complacency, Americans appear to no longer be unified or in agreement regarding the meaning of and their appreciation for Democracy.
Recently published in Breitbart, a Fox News interview with Retired Lieutenant General Thomas McInery revealed his concerns regarding ISIS and disclosing his belief that the terror group could pose a threat to America this coming September 11, 2014.
McInery said that the United States should “go to DEFCON 1, our highest readiness and be prepared as we lead up to 9/11…we may even see a 9/11/14.”
As America remains consumed by tumultuous events occurring all over the world and with concern for the threat they might pose to the United States, the perils which could possibly occur on American soil might be overlooked.
It is possible that attacks could occur within American borders, whether perpetrated by those who feel disenfranchised or by those residing in the United States and benefiting from its safe harbors.
As Americans pay homage to September 11, 2001 this coming September the feelings of shock, pain, mourning and outrage persist for many.
Large numbers of Americans are likely suffering from a form of societal PTSD stemming from the horrific, shocking tragedy on September 11, 2001, all the while coping with a sense of uncertainty, fear and mistrust.
Americans lost more than 3,000 lives on September 11, 2001–they have also lost what was thought to be an unbreakable trust in the ability of its people to fulfill fundamental democratic principles for the promise of preserving freedom for the entire Nation.
Throughout the celebrations this coming September 11, 2014, may all Americans renew and embrace the basic core values of the United States to preserve “liberty and justice for all” Americans.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.
In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.
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