A Day Of Remembrance And An Image Of The Unexpected
Start writing a post

A Day Of Remembrance And An Image Of The Unexpected

Fifteen years later, we remember this day.

A Day Of Remembrance And An Image Of The Unexpected

Fifteen years ago, the lives of many people took a big turn. We lost loved ones, and we saw the ones we care about go through an indescribable amount of grief over losing someone important. There was panic for those trying to contact loved ones. Confusion and apprehension filled the air, as people prayed for a miracle—a sign they were safe. There was relief when some found out that their loved ones happen to not go into work that day. Regardless of how it impacted each one of us, on this day, we all grieved together. There was an unspoken, overwhelming amount of emotions that we felt together in the nation.

It may have been fifteen years ago, but the impact that this day had on each one of us remains in our lives. It has left an impact for those who survived, for those who had unfortunately lost their loved ones, and for those who were so young, but old enough to feel the panic in the atmosphere.

I came across a letter that went viral from a survivor of 9/11.

Adam Maylbum wrote a letter recalling the events of this day, and one part of the letter made me feel angry. It was not that I was angry at him, but angry at how these immorale people who planned this tragic event to occur had the power of even making a survivor to feel guilty.

With regards to the firemen heading upstairs, I realize that they were going up anyway. But, it hurts to know that I may have made them move quicker to find my friend. Rationally, I know this is not true and that I am not the responsible one. The responsible ones are in hiding somewhere on this planet and damn them for making me feel like this.

Adam felt guilty for not sending the firemen quicker to find his friend. He felt guilty that he was not quick enough, even though he didn't do anything wrong. He tried his best in getting himself out, along with the people around him. It made me angry that he felt like he was responsible for this, and it made me question whether other survivors out there felt the same way. For any survivor out there, do not give the power of these people who brought this upon us in making you feel guilty. You all are the heroes of that day.

For those families who continue to remember this day from losing a loved one, you all are heroes as well. We could not imagine what you all feel, but what we all can do together as a nation is be the support that you need. We are all in this together, we are all fighting this battle together.

September 11th was not just a day of reminder of the evil and immorale in this world, but also a reminder of how short life can be. Innocent people die under unreasonable circumstances, and what kills even more is the unexpected. Life is short, filled with many surprises. We are easily drowning in our busy life, whether it is with school or work. Time flies within this time, but never forget to always give the time of day to your loved ones. It may be easy to forget in the moment, until you realize that you no longer have that chance.

Fifteen years later, today, we remember this day like it was just yesterday. For those who have survived from this experience, you are a hero. For those who lost their loved ones, you are a hero too. For those whose lives were sacrificed, you are all remembered and in our hearts as our heroes in heaven.

Today the images that people around the world equate with power and democracy are gone but “America” is not an image it is a concept. That concept is only strengthened by our pulling together as a team. If you want to kill us, leave us alone because we will do it by ourselves. If you want to make us stronger, attack and we unite.

Everyone was a hero that day. We all stood together and united, and today, we stand together for this day of remembrance.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments