September the11th, A Day We Must Not Never Forget!But we must never forget it as the day we were so Viciously attacked, not as "A “National Day Of Service"
As for me, I remember September the 11th for the Attack on my Country, for the Attack on my City and for the Attack on my fellow Americans. NOT for it being a National Day of Service. As Barack Obama has asked. In my opinion this day is NOT a day to go to my local Soup Kitchen and volunteer to serve the Homeless. This is not what September the 11th means to me.
Let’s be honest: When we talk about “the meaning of 9/11, we are referring to the Savages that murdered 3,000 innocent people. If I wanted to serve the Homeless which I don't there are 364 other days in the year to do that.
As we approach the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I’d like to share my story about my experience that day and I hope that you will share yours as well. .
It was on that beautiful September morning, as I and so many others of my fellow Americas were on our way to work, but instead we were stopped in our tracks either from hearing that awful report on the radio, or as what happened to me.
I was about 4-5 miles away from the scene where the planes hit the Towers and saw the smoke from the distance as I heard the news report on the car radio at the same time. I sped to my office and put on the TV and watched the towers fall, and the Pentagon burn, and the wreckage in that Pennsylvania field, and wondered, where and why were these the attacks coming from, and what else would happen to the country that I love. And how would America respond?
I did have a friend of mine who perished on that day, and I hear his Mother speak at the services year after year on the September 11th Memorial Services.
But even if you didn’t know anybody who lost their life on 9/11, even if don’t know any of the first responders, even if you had never set foot in the World Trade Center, or in New York City in your life, even if you hadn’t been born yet when 9/11 happened, 9/11 has affected you directly, deeply, and personally.
If you’ve been on an airplane in the past ten years, 9/11 has affected you. It’s why you have to go through that long security line and take off your shoes. If you’re a Muslim, 9/11 has affected you. It’s why you see people give you a second look, often a hateful one, even though you consider yourself as patriotic an American as anyone else. If you are in the Armed Forces, or know someone who is, 9/11 has affected you. It’s why you or your loved ones went to fight in Afghanistan or Iraq. And 9/11 is why a number of them didn’t come home.
Here in America, and especially here in New York City, our sense of security has become the number one issue. No matter how many of our enemies we kill, we will never fully eliminate the threat, our lives as we once knew it will never be the same.
Maybe you’ve lost a job because of 9/11. I have. A reorganization stemming from the post-9/11 recession of 2002 eventually caused me to leave a company. Maybe you’ve lost your home through foreclosure because of 9/11. I know people who have.
The 9-11 attack caused the Dow to drop, the 2001 recession to deepen, and was the reason for us to get involved in two wars.
The post- 9/11 economy has caused entire professions to collapse and millions of people to be unemployed or under- employed for years. Maybe your children’s education has been affected by 9/11, and maybe your life's savings are gone. In every other previous recession, we had much faster recoveries. Most of the jobs that were lost were eventually recovered and then some. So what makes this recession different from all the previous ones? Barack Hussein Obama.
We say "Never forget" but I wonder how many of us have already forgotten or have chose to forgive! Trust me, I am not one of them!