While it is safe to say that many of us Americans still vividly recall the horrifying reality of 9/11, the unity that was brought on by 9/12 seems all but a distant memory. The slogan “never again” became the anthem of the time, and Americans across the country came together to celebrate our nation’s sovereignty. We united at what made us stand apart from the rest of the world.
The lives lost on 9/11 will never be brought back but honoring them is something we can aim for every day. One of the most significant ways we could honor their memory is to live every day like that on Sept. 12, 2001. There were no political motives that day to divide us by race, religion, or politics. We were unified against the enemy who heinously attacked us in one of the worst ways imaginable.
We were bound and determined never to forget what was taken from us but at the same time, found a burning desire to restore what was stolen. That resolve to stand together as united Americans are no more.
Eighteen years ago, nearly 3,000 people died when terrorists took over American four airplanes. The world watched in fear as the World Trade Center was decimated, and the Pentagon Building in Washington was targeted. Nineteen abominable terrorists hijacked four U.S. commercial airplanes that ultimately was found to be orchestrated by Osama bin Laden.
As American heroes rushed to help, the death tally continued to rise rapidly. A staggering 343 firefighters were killed as they bravely sacrificed their lives trying to save others. 23 New York City police officers saw their demise that day.
Between the times of 8:46 a.m. and 10:28 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, one of the greatest horrors in American history occurred.
While the emotional and mental damage Americans faced was catastrophic, the U.S. economy also was hindered. While it is estimated that the 9/11 attacks cost approximately $500,000, the economic impact felt by the U.S. was staggering.
An estimated $123 billion was lost just in the first few weeks after the collapsing of the World Trade Center. Approximately 60 billion dollars went towards the cost of damage to the WTC site and other buildings affected. Billions upon billions more were spent in the aftermath of the attacks.
Today on the eighteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the United States’ Embassy in Afghanistan was attacked. An explosion occurred due to a rocket that was launched at this site. The Sept. 11 anniversaries are often still created interest with Islamic terrorists. They often use this date as a celebration of the attack against us the American people. On Sept. 11, 2012, killed three American servicemen as well as a U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, Libya.
It is an unfortunate realization that there are members in our government with no reverence to this staple day. Freshman congresswomen, Ilhan Omar, made a highly controversial statement while speaking about how Muslims have been resilient when faced with discrimination. She said, “[Council of American-Islamic Relations] was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
During a 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York, Nicholas Haros Jr., whose mother was killed in the World Trade Center fought back against Omar’s remarks.
He continued to call out Omar’s lack of reverence and stated, “We are here today, congresswoman, to tell you and the squad just who did what to whom. Show respect in honoring them, please. American patriotism and your position demand it. For God and country, amen.”
For the sake of our great country and to honor those who lost their lives to make our better, let us always remember 9/11. We will never forget what Islamic terrorists have and continue to take from us.
While this will not be forgotten, let us consider showing grace to our fellow Americans. Let us not use our race as a divisive tool. Let us put aside our political views at times to focus on what we can actually agree on.
After the 9/11 attack, stores ran out of Americans flags to sell because Americans were proudly buying and displaying our flag. Today’s sad reality that many top politicians, athletes, and celebrities are trying to make flying our country’s flag a thing of the past. Somehow we went from recognizing our flag as a staple of greatness to now being told it is offensive.
Let us not be fooled by the rhetoric shown by the hypocrites on this day. We will see politicians who will tweet with the #NeverForget, but they will soon return to work fighting against securing our borders and protecting Americans. They will return to fighting against the deportation of convicted terrorists and let serial offenders back on the streets to offend again.
9/11 is a prime example of the failure to protect America’s sovereignty and put Americans first. America is a nation of freedom, and our enemies are enemies of freedom. We are still worth defending. The lives lost to give us our freedom will never be forgotten unless we the people allow that.
Politicians will not unite us. They are determined to keep us divided. As the American people, it is up to us to come together and strive to become one people under one country.
While our country is currently divided by differing political class, on the original 9/12, we came to gather not as Republicans and Democrats, but rather as fellow Americans. We will always have differences, but the title of American used to be enough to withstand those.
For those who lost their lives and to those who gave their lives, we remember. To us, Americans who still care, we honor the heroism that was shown on that day. We will never forget WHO murdered our fellow almost 3,000 Americans, the men and women who have served and to those who have given their lives, you are the best of us. Our America of 9/12 is not forgotten and is still worth fighting for.