With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, this is a good time to reflect on the opportunities the armed forces and civil servicemen have given our country.
Many Ferris students can still remember where they were the morning they watched the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I still remember sitting in a classroom watching the news coverage of the plane crashing into New York City’s North Tower. Students sitting alongside me in the classroom that day watched puzzled, waiting for our teacher to explain how this event would impact history.
Since then the anniversary of 9/11 has been a time for Americans to mourn the thousands of people who lost their lives that day. Americans showcased their patriotism by posting flags on their car antennas, donating to memorial charities and holding candlelight vigils in remembrance of those who lost their lives.
Still, let us not forget the many Americans who were saved the morning of 9/11 by brave individuals who risked their own lives to help those in need. These heroes include individuals such as Todd Beamer, who alerted authorities via in-plane phone aboard United Airlines Flight 93 of the actions of the hijackers. Bob Beckwith, a retired New York firefighter who gathers donations for the New York Firefighter’s Burn Center Foundation and travels the world speaking on the events of 9/11.
Each day, firefighters, police officers and members of the armed forces work to protect the freedoms of our nation. .
From the civil servicemen to the ordinary men and women who chose to make a difference, 9/11 birthed a nation of heroes who continue to dedicate their lives to defending ours. Therefore, this upcoming anniversary, remember to appreciate not only the people who risked their lives 10 years ago, but also those who protect this country every day.