Wait Abbey, you said you were doing a fun birthday month theme, and here you are getting all somber on us?
Well the honest truth is that September 11th feels like a big part of me, and is something I can’t pass by every year without remembering.
I am from New York, and my 16th birthday was September 12th, 2001.
9/11 is my only memory of my “Sweet 16”.
This is the worst act of violence and terrorism that I can think of in my entire life. Acts of war like this are not something we are accustomed to on our soil, and it not only felt like an attack on our country, but on us New Yorkers as well. Having these buildings that are a symbol of NYC blasted into, where our families and friends work, felt very personal. Even living in a small town outside the city, our firefighters and paramedics made their way into the city to dig through the rubble and rescue people, and ultimately uncover bodies.
I reflect very deeply on this day every year, and always will. I will always remember this event, and honor the lives lost. It reminds me what it means to be an American, and how lucky we are to live in a country where an event like this is a rarity, and also where in the aftermath we were able to rise up together and persevere.
Pictured in this post is the 9/11 Spirit of America Memorial, in Cashmere Washington.
– Honor –
To provide an eternal place of honor for all who lost their lives and all who responded, including the millions of Americans who came together worldwide in unity and strength to ensure that freedom and liberty prevail forever.
– Education –
To ensure all generations of Americans never forget the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the homeland of the United States of America.