September 11- A Day to be Remembered

It is days away from being September 11th, 2002. The year anniversary of the day America was cowardly attacked by terrorists, sending a great deal of pain and suffering to the people of our great nation. My friends and family have all told me it is better to get your feelings in the open and talk about it. That’s why I have decided to write this.I understand this is not entirely about hockey, but it is something to do with our everyday lives. The year anniversary will be next Wednesday, and I expect America to have one of the biggest grieving days it will ever see in the future of this great country.

What were you doing the moment you found out what had happened? It’s that question everyone always asks, and everyone always has a detailed answer to go with it.

I was talking to one of my teachers, Mr. Gunnarson, alone in his room when another teacher burst into the room with a tear running down her eye saying the World Trade Center had been “bombed”. I remember hearing about the incident in 1993, when a bomb went off in Tower 1 (I believe) and only caused a ruckus in New York. But I went to my next hour (History) and my teacher was standing next to a radio, with his face all red. I looked at him and said, “Mr. Henley, did you hear about the Trade Center?” He looked at me and shook his head and began to cry into his arm. That’s when I knew it was drastic.

Even after a year, I still am barely able to even mention what happened that day without being deeply saddened and feel extreme emotions. What had happened that day hurt many Americans and many other country’s people as well. So I propose one thing.

The proposal was brought to my attention by an e-mail I received about a week ago. At 12:00 noon on September 11th, 2002, stand up and give the pledge of allegiance. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing, but in your time zone, please, do it for your country. If you are absolutely obligated to be in your car and cannot pull over, honk your horn at that time and let people know you are a proud citizen of this great country.

Everyone says this is for America. I believe our great neighbors to the north were affected by this tragedy too. So, even if you are Canadian and you know anything you can do on this tragic day, please do so.

America will still prevail. The War on Terrorism is still at large, and will continue for years to come. Fly your American flags high, and be proud you are American.

~Jeff P.

JFB DK57

9/11/01


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