Saturday, September 11, 2010

We Will Never Forget

I remember that day.
The smoke.
The screaming.
The people jumping from the top floors of the building, falling past the gaping, garish, flaming holes in the towers.
I remember running to my dad, who had shut himself in his room after the first tower was hit, yelling "They got the second one, daddy! They got the second one!" His disbelief, and reassurance that they were just showing footage of the first one's collision. But no. He stood in horror as I stared, numb, as the second tower crumbled. As the ground became littered with rescue crews, emergency equipment, debris, and dead bodies.

The devastation will never leave me.
I saw it.
I understood it.
The true evil of it all, and the overwhelming loss, I felt it. I bottled it in.
MY family was in the military. MY daddy sometimes worked in tall buildings. MY family sometimes flew in planes. MY family sometimes went to New York. That could have been me. That could have been someone I loved.
That is why I stand in shock and horror.
That is why I will never forget.
It wasn't me. It wasn't you.
But it was thousands.
It affected millions.
It started a war that has lasted from then until now.
That war has affected billions.
It was act of terror.
And it will NEVER be forgotten.

For we are Americans.
We are the Attacked.
But we are the Free.

We stand when no one else will.
We will rise from the ashes
And We will let our flag fly high

May the Lord bless you and keep you, all who were affected, and feel the sting of that dark day.
Because WE - WE will never forget.

-Rae

3 comments:

carlinuxlearner said...

Amen

Mizz Ali said...

I don't understand how somebody could have such a twisted mind to take the time to actually PLAN something like that. It's disgusting.

Rae Hitchings said...

Sadly, I can. And that's part of the horror. That so many of us are capable of such great evil. But at the same time, it seems almost incomprehensible that someone would do that. I mean, It's hard for me to block out the images of all the people jumping....I think that's what really got me. And I'm not sure that I want to.
It..it's terrible *sigh*
Hence, We will NEVER forget.

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