Thirteen years ago I was driving to work when a news broadcast interrupted my day to announce that a plane had just hit one of the twin towers. I thought it was a joke at first. Shortly after arriving at work the second tower was struck.
I remember huddling in front of the TV in the break room with my co-workers in stunned disbelief. It was just such a surreal experience. I remember the uncertainty and the fear that followed in the next few days as our nation struggled with the death toll. I remember amazing stories of bravery and self-sacrifice. I also remember being so proud of my country and the way American’s rose to the challenge.
9/11 is a day that forever changed me and many people in America. It really made me appreciate this country and everything it stands for. I still see certain images or hear songs that bring that day rushing back.
I’m a religious person and really struggle with the way the Islamic religion has been high-jacked for political purposes. Religion is about love, peace and acceptance, not hate, war and envy. I feel for honorable Muslim’s who are forced to watch as their religion is denigrated.
For me, 9/11 has become a day of remembrance. I remember how thankful I am for an amazing husband and family. I remember the little decision in my life that bring me the most happiness and strive to continue to make those same type of decisions. Most of all I remember that my actions have an impact on everyone around me.
Today is about more then just remembering, it is about celebrating our lives and the sacrifices that allow us to life in this great country. So for today, I say thank you to the brave men and women who have fought and died for this country. Thank you for giving me my freedom.
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