Everyone remembers where they were were on September 11, 2001. It is a day that brought American normalcy to a halt as terrorism was brought inside our borders with devastating force. It immediately impacted Americans from all walks of life as the victims of the attack filled the spectrum of humanity.
That day, 2,996 people’s lives were ended as they made their way about their lives in the most normal ways. People in uniform did die in the attack that day, but they were not wearing the uniforms we are used to seeing in battle. There were heroes that day that showcased that people still do put the welfare of others ahead of their own. In the midst of it being the most horrible of days, it was also a day filled with lights of self-sacrifice.
Today marks 13 years since that dreadful day. A lot has happened since that day. It is amazing to think of all that has transpired because that day continues to burn in my memory like it was yesterday. Yet, I now have three children to whom the story of that day does not make the impact as it does to those were living during that day. They look at it has history – history that their parents and many, many others lived as present day happenings. Many people continue to suffer from the effects of that day, including those who lost loved ones as a result of that day. To them, that day will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them as each year is a stark reminder of another year that terrorists took from their family.
For those of us who board airplanes, the lasting effect of that day continues to live on as we go through the security process that has become the norm. Of course, some of the process and even the way certain individuals act about it can be found annoying (or more), but as we make our way through there today and in the coming days, let us take a moment to remember the events that brought it to pass and the lives of all those who were changed because of it. In a way, the airport security process will always be there to make sure we never forget September 11, 2001. Hopefully, it will never serve as the only thing to make us not forget 9/11.