Tomorrow, as most of you are probably aware, is September 11 - the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania. In some ways, it's hard to believe seven years have already passed since that day. At the same time, I can barely remember what things were like before the attacks.
I was in high school at the time, and the attacks had a very big impact on me emotionally even though I was miles and miles away in Colorado. I can remember a classmate coming into our second class of the day, mentioning something about the Pentagon being on fire. We didn't know what was going on or what had happened. By the next class, some people who had been in classes where the teachers let them watch the news about what was going on told the rest of us that the World Trade Center in New York City had been hit by airplanes, and had collapsed. Some people in my classes tried to downplay the importance and some made jokes, but most of us knew that this was something major that was going to change things. My mom picked me up during lunch, and we drove down deserted streets in the middle of the lunch hour to get home, where I spent the rest of the day glued to the TV like so many other Americans. It was almost incomprehensible what had happened, and I was so far removed from it in most respects. I still can't imagine what it would have been like to have been where the attacks happened, or to have known someone who died.
Even seven years removed, we still see the effects of that day in our lives now. Airline travel has changed drastically from what it used to be - only those with tickets can go up to the gate at the airport, there are fewer flights in order for the airlines to save money, which means every flight is full, and security is much more tight. We've been at war for several years now, in part because of the terrorist attacks and the threat of terrorism in general. My own brother is currently over in Iraq, and has been for a year now. The New York skyline will never again be what it was, with the famous Twin Towers. There are 3,000 families who are still missing their family members, and always will.
For several years now, bloggers all over have gotten together to pay tribute to those who died in the attacks seven years ago. This blog honors the victims, and includes links to those who have done tributes in past years. Tomorrow, take some time out of your day to send up a prayer for those victims and their families, and everyone still suffering because of what happened on September 11, 2001.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem. Exaudi orationem meam; ad te omnis caro veniet. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.