September 11

September 11, 2001, I believe everyone in America who was alive at that time can tell you exactly where they were when the planes hit or when they first heard about it. I remember I was at work, having just come back from a medical leave, I was busy trying to untangle the mess that had been made of my accounts. My co-worker in the cube across from me said Angie a plane just hit one of the twin towers in New York. I remember saying Jason what station are you listening to? It must be a radio prank. It was just that unbelievable.
Then the second one hit. Then the plane went down in Pennsylvania. Then we heard about the pentagon. Then disbelief was replaced by terror, terror was replaced by horror, then anger, then profound sadness. The country seemed to stop, then mobilize. We are after all a nation that mobilizes incredibly well.
We are also incredibly self-sufficient, I don’t remember any other nations offering to come to our rescue, if I am wrong in this please correct me. We have rescued so many countries, however, where were they on September 11, 2001?
These days when I think back on that day I am still sad, sad for the incredible loss of life, sad for the families that were personally affected and proud. Yes, proud, I am proud that Oklahoma was the first state to send help to New York, we are after all a state that knows terror attacks first hand, and the heart of an Oklahoman is not to be dismissed lightly. I am proud that as a country we did not admit defeat, we continued, we were not immobilized. We picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and carried on, all the while not forgetting, never forgetting.
So this day, I look to New York and salute you, my heroes are not sports figures or actors, my heroes are the everyday people who persevered and stood up and said “We will not give up, we will continue to be Americans and we will continue to live our lives to the fullest” .
My hero is a country that always does what it thinks is right, even if sometimes we go overboard, I love you America and I am way proud to be first an American, second an Oklahoman.

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