It has been many years since that horrific event took place. We all remember where we were, what we were thinking when we heard the news about the attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93. The loss of life was in the thousands and it put international relationships on edge. Now we know that radicals were responsible and took human lives into their own hands and played God.
It’s been seventeen years since it took place and since then many other bombings and terrorist acts have taken place. It has become a way of life to be watchful and suspecting of things that don't seem quite right. We, Americans and others across the nations look at almost everything differently. It changed things in the whole world. The Memorial at the Twin Towers continues to give us a visual reminder.
We can no longer board a plane quickly and feel that our privacy and physical selves are violated and scrutinized. State, Local and Federal buildings have added security, too. Everything is more complicated. Luggage and packages are x-rayed, scanned and sniffed along with metal detection. Still dangerous items get through as those that are out to do harm continue to find ways to beat the system.
Public entertainment and sports events require pat downs and limit what can be taken inside. ID’s are checked and rechecked and it is a lot tougher to get an ID now than it ever was before. So many things have changed and made our lives more difficult and hopefully more secure. I'm not sure it will ever be enough. But we are willing to go through the inconvenience so we can stay safe. Our first responders and Homeland Security teams have gained more respect and honor as they are out first line of defense. We cannot say thank you enough.
Oh so much has changed. We have all been changed and we cannot, nor will we ever go back to the innocence and carefree natures we had. Lives were lost, families and friends impacted and many sacrifices made. Many lost lives helping another, a stranger. That is the American way.
We now share a common bond and new appreciation for those that choose this type of profession. We must be alert and not complacent. This is our country and we must preserve it. We must continue to support our first responders with the proper equipment, training and pay that shows the risk they are taking. Thanks to those that sacrifice by putting themselves in harm's way and the sacrifices they make. Their families make a sacrifice too, living with the fear of sending their loved ones out to keep our country strong and free each day.
Remembering 9/11. We will never forget.