On the morning of September 11th, 2001, I was like many of you: heading to my day at kindergarten, not a care in the world, innocent as one can be. Later that morning, however, things took a turn for the worst when two planes crashed into the Twin Towers. I can vividly remember the panic that ensued once my mom realized the close proximity of my dad’s workplace to Ground Zero. The panic and the pain associated with my experience were temporary; those of others’ began then and continue to this day. When others were running away from the scene, the bravest of us ran towards the site in search of anybody who needed help, including BC’s very own Welles Crowther. All in all, almost 3,000 people lost their lives in the course of that terrible day.
New York looked more like a war zone than it did the country’s largest city while the World Trade Center had been reduced to rubble by the jets. The Pentagon had been hit and another plane had crashed in the woods of Pennsylvania. The disaster shook the nation to its core, and while most other countries would’ve crumbled under such an enormous strain, we as Americans stayed strong. What the hijackers didn’t realize is that such a catastrophe would awaken a long-dormant American spirit that featured the resilience and strength needed to overcome the enormity of this tragedy. Our response in the months following the attacks showed our enemies that their mission had completely backfired and reintroduced to the world the fortitude that makes this country great. Fall down seven times, get up eight.
Today being the 14-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01, take the time to remember those who lost their lives that day and others who passed away in the Middle East thereafter. Consider signing up for the Welles Crowther 5K in October and burn some calories for a great cause. When you’re at the tailgate on Saturday or on the couch watching football all day on Sunday, keep those who are overseas right now in your prayers. Men and women just like us put their lives on the line everyday in order to protect the freedom that we’ve come to take for granted. Support the troops.
Never forget. Enjoy the game tomorrow. Beat Howard. Let’s have a great weekend.
PS – Fuck ISIS