Starting to forget 9/11

Twelve years later, the U.S. is already beginning to forget. Fewer and fewer people are attending remembrance ceremonies. They are forgetting the lessons learned and the loved ones lost.

Twelve years later, a generation born in the early 2000s cannot tell you where they were when the world stopped turning Sept. 11, 2001.

Just as generations before haven’t held as dear to them the day that will live in infamy, the day JFK was shot or the day we lost brave souls in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, we are already beginning to forget.

But the lessons learned on 9/11 still matter.

Our innocence was lost. Living in the cultural cocoon and economic boom times of the 1990s, we forgot the challenges our country had faced perviously in two world wars, Vietnam, Korea and the Cold War. We felt safer than ever. That sense of security was shattered after 9/11, but some are once again becoming complacent.

We stand in long lines at the airports, and complain that we have to take our shoes off or allow an X-ray machine to scan us for weapons.

We forget the unity the country experienced after being attacked on our own land. Religion and politics have once again divided us.

Prejudices have justified hate crimes and changed the very way we look at each other.

This is true despite the fact that our troops remain in one of the most volatile regions in the world. In fact, more soldiers may soon be on their way in response to Syria’s presumed use of chemical weapons.

Twelve years later, we’re forgetting why 9/11 was such a big deal in the first place.

We were attacked on our own soil.

We lost 2,977 people that day — the 246 victims on the planes, 2,606 in New York City’s World Trade Center and on the ground and 125 at the Pentagon.

Of those victims, many were public servants who when the planes crashed and debris began to fall, they ran into the buildings.

Heroes of all shapes, sizes, professions and creeds emerged that day.

This Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, let’s honor those who died, those who acted heroicly and those families who made the utmost sacrifice and continue to do so.

Sheridan Fire-Rescue will host a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at their station located at 151 S. Scott St. beginning at 7:58 a.m.

All area emergency service personnel have been invited and will assemble at attention in front of the station’s flag pole. An introduction will be given and the station bell will be rung before a minute of silence is observed.

In addition, a release of doves, an invocation and the playing of bagpipes will occur during the ceremony.

Sheridan Fire-Rescue has a piece of the World Trade Center at the fire station and just the site of the piece of metal reminds attendees of the destruction that occurred 12 years ago.

Attend the remembrance, lest we forget the lessons learned.


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