I'm sure the majority of you have a memory of that day similar to my own. I remember being a kid and hearing adults say things like, "I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard JFK was assassinated." We won't forget 09-11-01. We will forever remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard or saw the terrible acts of terrorism on our country that day. So many people lost their lives. Children lost their fathers and mothers. Wives lost their husbands. Husbands lost their wives. Parents lost their children. We learned the true definition of a hero, whether it be a group of people on a plane who took matters into their own hands or the men and women who risked their lives in the hope of saving others.
I can't remember a time in my short life when people were more patriotic, more kind, more "spiritual." We said the Pledge a little louder and stood a little straighter whenever the "Star Spangled Banner" was played or sung. We had been sucker punched but we were never more proud to be Americans. Toby Keith summed up how we felt best (in my opinion) with his song "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American):
Thank you to the men and women of the military forces of the USA. Thank you for serving your country, ensuring our safety and freedom, and for the sacrifices that not only you make but the sacrifice your family makes. I am forever grateful!
911-01...We Will Remember