Friday, September 02, 2011

Guest Post by Eric Aves

The 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

We have come to the 10th anniversary of the terrible events that forever linger in our thoughts and prayers. The impact of that day shook the world, where many of us can remember that day so well we can recall where we were, what we were doing, and our absolute shock when hearing about the first plane hitting the tower. All it took were 19 hijackers to murder 3,000 people, many Americans, as well as other nationalities.

This is a heart wrenching video of a little girl who lost her father that day. I found this while surfing you tube and thought I had to share this with others. It really takes precedence over our petty political squabbles, enlightening us to what's really important in life. I also found out her older brother enlisted because of that event when he was of age. It reminds us that no matter where we stand politically or ideologically, we're all Americans.

I remember that day as if it were yesterday. I was a sophomore in high school at the time, dressed up for homecoming week as James Bond! (it was dress as a movie character day). I'd usually walk to school, but my mother made sure my sister and I heard about the first plane hitting the tower as she drove us to school. Though a short drive I heard enough to understand the magnitude of this event. Instead of classes, my entire high school was ushered into the stage in our gym to watch the events unfold. We were a small school in a small town, if you were so inclined to ask, with only 98 kids in my entire high school. Nevertheless, many of us watched in shock and horror as people were leaping from the burning towers, the second tower hit, the news of the pentagon being hit, and the plane that would crash in Pennsylvania. I remember my fellow classmates and my confusion of the perpetrators until we had our history class. Our teacher explained who Osama Bin Laden was. as well as al Qaeda and who they were. That whole day seemed surreal, with the news that night before former President Bush came on and one thing I remember from his speech was from Psalm 23: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me."

Don't forget those firemen who died, as well as those who worked tirelessly the next few days.

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