Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?

Do you remember where you were that day 12 years ago? Just like my mom and dad can remember where they were the day JFK was assassinated I will always remember where I was when the news of terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers came across television and radios. I was a junior in high school and in my 2nd hour English class. The school counselor was in our room explaining information about the upcoming ACT tests that we would all soon be taking. The classroom phone rang, they asked for him and told him what was happening. We were one of the only classrooms in the building that was allowed to turn on the news coverage. At that time many of us had no idea what the Twin Towers were nor just how severe this act was. The day continued cautiously and prayerfully as a school family and then again in the evening with our church family. Our lives, our country’s well being and our safety had forever changed. Many lives were lost, many lives were put on the line as a sacrifice and many lives still continue to be offered up as a sacrifice to work for our safety and freedom.

A young Facebook friend of mine, Jared, shared this status update today:

“I was a bit offended when our school didn’t do a quick moment of silence for all the innocent souls that died on 9/11. It was an all American nightmare, and nearly 3,000 people died… Although my classmates and I were not old enough to have any recognition of it, it doesn’t mean it never happened… I couldn’t imagine the horror it brought to our nation. But we toughened through it, came out on top. Bin Laden is dead, and we have the toughest, most courageous men and women in the World giving it everything they got to fight for this country. I don’t know about you, but I can proudly call this place my home. God Bless America.”

Had he not posted this I would not have known that today was not recognized in some schools. This post really touched me. It’s true. Just because they were babies or their teachers were still in junior high or high school and they don’t remember it doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen or have an impact on their way of life today. God Bless the men and women who lost their lives that day, the families of those who have given their lives in the towers, airplanes or at the hands of foreign soldiers, and those who continue to stand in the front lines for their beautiful nation and people.

And let us not forget {even though some don’t want to think about it} about the lives that were given on the opposing side because of a false promise or ideal. Their families are suffering too. The human life is a beautiful creation and any loss tugs at the heart strings.


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