“Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?” Lyrics sang by performer, Alan Jackson in a song written to remember the worst attack on American soil.
Ask that question to people on the street and just about any American can tell you where and what they were doing Sept. 11, 2001.
9-11 altered our perception of safety and security on our home turf. Terrorists had found our kryptonite and for the first time, I realized Americans were not as invincible as I once thought we were.
What a reality check. I remember pondering what type of a world would be left for my kids?
Air travel will never be the same as a result of planes being used as weapons. I find the line between airline security and national security blurring. Increased security checks, pat downs, x-rays, taking off your shoes for air travel are now an accepted way of life, the new norm.
One of the changes in my post 9-11 life has been becoming a grandparent. When I think of the future for my five grandchildren, I feel tugs at my heart that my grandchildren will not know how life was prior to 9-11.
The surest way to repeat incidents that have occurred throughout history is to forget they happened. We as a nation need to assure those who follow, our children and grandchildren, never forget what happened in 2001.
Remembrance walks like the one sponsored by the “ United Way” of Port Huron, Sept. 11, 2011, are a good way to remind children born after 2001 of what happened and how a nation, bound by our grief, were brought closer together.
A reminder for all of us to be a little kinder and to stick together, helping those in need. Our world may never be the same since 9-11, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do our part to make our corner of the world the best it can possibly be.