Sunday, September 11, 2011

I'll always remember

I'll always remember where I was September 11th ten years ago when our country was attacked. I was sitting in my 7th grade biology class when another teacher knocked on our classroom door. The teachers talked quickly and quietly, and then my teacher turned around with a look of complete shock and horror on her face. Instantly my stomach dropped out, and I knew something terrible was going on. She wordlessly ran to the tv and turned it to the news and we all stared in silence.

So many things ran through my mind at that moment. My dad was supposed to be on a plane that day on his way to Washington D.C. for meetings at the pentagon and the white house. Was he in a plane at the time? Was he at the pentagon that had just been attacked? I was terrified and pulled out of class immediately by my principal. I went to the office in complete state of shock and waited to hear something from someone telling me that it would be ok. Soon my mom came to pick me and my sibling up from school and we found out that dad was all right, his plane never left the airport. I was relieved and grateful that my family was all safe, but so horribly sad for the families who didn't get the same news.

Soon after the attacks we moved to Virginia and my dad began working in Washington D.C. as a part of the presidential cabinet. Many things were different living in D.C. right after the attacks. Security was tighter and the tragedy was evident in everyone. I remembered my first few days of classes at my new school meeting all of the new kids and teachers. Everyone I met had a story to share and a friend or loved one to mourn. I personally didn't know anyone lost in the tragedy, but people my dad worked with daily were lost to the attacks. I will never forget what tragedy was created by those attacks. Along with the tragedy, I witnessed the amazing and unexpected effects of 9/11. The tragedy brought out a strong sense of patriotism and community in Washington D.C. that I was proud to be a part of.

Ten years later, I'm still so thankful that I am a citizen of this great country and that my family was safe that day. I'll never forget the lives that were lost in that tragedy and how many people were affected. Washington D.C., New York, and America will never be the same. Give everyone you love a huge hug today for me.

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