A day of Infamy

The cowardly act nine years ago today, almost to the hour, will live alongside days like Pearl Harbor. Those who saw it unfold, face to face or on broadcast, will never forget the emotions.

At that time in my career in IT, I was in public service, and that morning I was at a meeting at the airport. As the events unfolded, we were glued to the television in disbelief. How could this be happening to the greatest, most powerful country in the world? Where was the National Guard? Where was the Air Force? Who would dare to challenge the might of America? Attack New York City?! The Pentagon? As the stark reality of the crisis set in after the two towers lay in rubbles, I struggled to fight back the anger and the fear. I was angry because these cowardly people had struck at the heart of America and killed so many innocent men, women, and children. The fear was for all those men, women, and even children who would stare at the face of death that day, and in the coming days, months, and years.

I looked around the room and saw the same emotions in the faces of the few people who had gathered to witness the terrorism. My best friend worked at the airport. She had the same look, just more intense. She still works there today. As I stood to leave and head back to my office in the courthouse, she walked out with me, neither saying a word. There were no words. We hugged tightly. No words were necessary.

America survived that day. She would never be the same, but she survived. Stronger. Prouder.

September 11, 2001, a day that lives in the infamy of our time, changed everyone. America didn’t overreact, Mr. Zakaria. Your article is a disgrace. America reacted as a mother protects her baby. America stood against pathetic degenerates who stand for nothing more than oppression and rule by terror and tried to make her kneel.

Whether you agree with the war in Iraq and Afghanistan or not, honor the Soldiers. Honor the men and women in uniform who serve to protect our way of life. Honor their sacrifices.

True character shines in the face of adversity; this is America. And I’m proud to be an American.

The Wire Head

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