I’ve been sitting at my computer for about an hour trying to figure out exactly what I want to say here and I still don’t know.
Arguably, my family was one of the lucky ones, but can anyone really be considered lucky? As an 18 year old, I was only 3 on September 11th 2001 but people my age are the last to possibly remember the attacks, to remember living through the lasting effects. We will be the ones teaching our younger siblings about the effects, teaching our kids, and our grandkids. This gives us the power and responsibility to ensure that those younger than us understand the impact that 9/11 had on our lives and remember that day forever.
Today, we remember those who died in the towers, Pentagon, and UA flight 93. We remember those who volunteered to risk their own lives in an effort to help save others. We remember those who had their religion stolen from them. We remember everyone who was affected in anyway by 9/11.
One thing I knew I wanted to mention is Muslims. It’s extremely important to remember that they were impacted by 9/11 in a way that many of us cannot relate to or even understand. It’s important to remember that terrorists were never Muslim, they were extremists who twisted the Islamic religion to back their cause. We need to remember that Muslims are Americans too. I’ve seen a lot of people online, this year and years in the past, say that 9/11 is the fault of Muslim-Americans which is ignorant and just not true. It’s ridiculous to blame a population of Americans for an attack on their own country.
So, in the end all I have to say is that we remember, we respect, and we always will.
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