Sep 11, Our 2nd day of Infamy September 11, 2012Posted by Edwin Ritter in Trends.
Tags: 9/11, Day of Infamy, Sep 11, September 11, World Trade Center
For generations, there was only one day of infamy. In school, we would always acknowledge Pearl Harbor day. Never forget, we said. Still don’t. Eleven years ago today (also a Tuesday), we experienced another day of infamy. There are those among us that were alive for both Pearl Harbor and 9/11. I hope I am able to always remember what happened on this day. So many strong emotions we all went through. Perhaps the strongest was my sense of relief when my kids came home from school mixed with the joy of being able to hug each of them and my wife.
Life changed in so may ways after Sep. 11, 2001. We were numb from it all. For quite a while after, people were patient, kind to each other even. Drivers were cautious, obeying the traffic signs, not in a hurry and would defer to others. If you heard a siren while driving, everyone immediately pulled over. You did not wait until it was behind you. When they played the national anthem at sporting events, it was common for tears to be shed. We were not cynical to those who were patriotic. Everyone was patriotic as we were truly one people, united. It was after 9/11 that people started wearing the little flags in their lapels. Now, they are omni-present among politicians.
Of the many iconic images from that day, this is one that parallels our 1st day of infamy. Raising the flag at Iowa Jima was symbolic of WWII. This image is symbolic of 9/11. We will never forget.
Here is a poem from an unknown author that speaks to what happened.
On Monday we emailed jokes.
On Tuesday we did not.
On Monday we thought that we were secure.
On Tuesday we learned better.
On Monday we were talking about heroes as being athletes.
On Tuesday we relearned who our heroes are.
On Monday we were irritated that our rebate checks had not arrived.
On Tuesday we gave money away to people we had never met.
On Monday there were people fighting against praying in schools.
On Tuesday you would have been hard pressed to find a school where someone was not praying.
On Monday people argued with their kids about picking up their room.
On Tuesday the same people could not get home fast enough to hug their kids.
On Monday people were upset that they had to wait 6 minutes in a fast food drive through line.
On Tuesday people didn’t care about waiting up to 6 hours to give blood for the dying.
On Monday we waved our flags signifying our cultural diversity.
On Tuesday we waved only the American flag.
On Monday there were people trying to separate each other by race, sex, color and creed.
On Tuesday they were all holding hands.
On Monday we were men or women, black or white, old or young, rich or poor, gay or straight, Christian or non-Christian.
On Tuesday we were Americans.
On Monday politicians argued about budget surpluses.
On Tuesday grief stricken they sang ‘God Bless America’.
On Monday the President was going to Florida to read to children.
On Tuesday he returned to Washington to protect our children.
On Monday we had families.
On Tuesday we had orphans.
On Monday people went to work as usual,
On Tuesday they died.
On Monday people were fighting the 10 commandments on government property.
On Tuesday the same people all said ‘God help us all’ while thinking ‘Thou shall not kill’.
It is sadly ironic how it takes horrific events to place things into perspective, but it has. The lessons learned this week, the things we have taken for granted, the things that have been forgotten or overlooked, hopefully will never be forgotten again.
Be kind to one another. Hug your family and friends today. Don’t take anything for granted. Life can change in an instant. Never forget.