Everyone has their story of where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers. September 11, 2001 instantly became a new moment in history, a moment generations to come will learn about in school curricula. Whether you were on your way to work, packing the kids’ lunches, sitting through a biology lecture, or just waking up for the day, you likely stopped everything, fixated on the nearest television set, and watched in horror as our nation fell victim to a foreign foe. Images of smoke and flames blazing from the twin towers will forever be branded in our minds, and as the buildings collapsed, so did America’s sense of security.
Simply put, it was scary. A communal fear swept the country, and for the first time in a while, our future was uncertain. Thankfully we didn’t let that fear cripple us; it brought us closer together, and instead of just thinking as individuals, we began to think as a nation. For a brief period of time, our political affiliations didn’t matter. American flags popped up on street corners and doorsteps. Sons, daughters, fathers and mothers were deployed, and we were joined together with a common goal: to stand strong.
Fast forward 11 years, and we all still take a moment to reflect on September 11, 2001. Even as we prepare for another presidential election and allow ourselves to become divided over the candidates, we still remember that ultimately, our unity serves as our strength. So today, Reserve123 would like to recognize America’s resilience. We honor the lives lost and extend a massive “thank you” to every soldier who has fought for our freedoms in any way. Here’s to our continued fortitude.