September 11, 2017
By: Thomas Belskie

It’s amazing that it’s been 16 years since September 11, 2001. I still remember my 7th-grade teacher reading the memo aloud to the class and switching on the news. I remember not knowing what the World Trade Center was. It was confusing and pretty terrifying.

It was a big moment in this country’s history. In many ways it sent us down this path we’re on now. The country was united for a brief time, but there was a lot of fear.

People took advantage of that fear. Slowly chipping away at civil liberties and freedoms, using that fear to divide us. We’re more divided now than ever before.

9/11 was a terrible, unimaginable tragedy. But the response from ordinary citizens in the immediate aftermath and the days and weeks that followed was one of Americas finest accomplishments.

There haven’t been many fine accomplishments recently, if at all. Let’s get back to looking after one another and caring about what happens to each other. 9/11 was a wake-up call and it brought us all together. Let’s remember that togetherness and how strong it made us. It shouldn’t take another event like that to unite us.

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