SAN DIEGO: When New York City’s Twin Towers were attacked on September 11, 2001, America was forever transformed, and Patriot Day became a day of remembrance. 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 to their deaths 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.
Coming together as one nation
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, and lapels.
For one tragic moment in time, the United States was truly united. No North and South. Republican and Democrat.
Firemen, policemen, patriots, volunteers, and others flocked to the streets of New York City. They came from all over the United States with offers of 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.
Never forgetting 9-11
Americans have since returned to what constitutes a new normal. However, international conflicts have ensued. 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.
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, the feelings of outrage still 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, 2019, 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!