Lesson to be learned

On September 11, 2001 I was still in the habit of turning the news on in the morning. It was back before the media turned into a complete circus. I passed by the TV and saw the twin towers on the screen, one of which was burning. While I was watching and trying to figure out what was going on, the second plane struck. It was a sickening feeling. I went to get Dianna and told her what I thought I just saw, but I was having trouble comprehending it all. We watched the aftermath together as the reports of the Pentagon hit came in and then the one of the crashed plane in Pennsylvania.

The events of that day were so unexpected that they were hard to absorb. We are all used to seeing news reports from other countries of attacks, explosions and deaths, but not here. It was unsettling and left most of us wondering what might be hit next.

The day is forever etched in my mind, but here is what I remember the most; the people of this country were united as one. There were flags flying everywhere. People were praying, they were being kind to each other. There was a shared common bond of the initial attacks and also the concern of another attack. We were humbled and we looked to each other for support.

Unfortunately it didn’t last and here we are 17 years later divided by politics, race and in a ruckus over people kneeling during the National Anthem.

So on this day, remember those who lost their lives both during the attack and in the aftermath that followed. More importantly, learn a lesson that seems to have been forgotten. We need each other and we are all in this together. Division is a result of good times because when things get bad, there are no sides. – Coov


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