Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Forget

13 years ago, I was a 13 year old (almost 14!) freshman in high school sitting in my Theatre Arts class when the initial moment came that completely changed the world. It's hard to believe that was half my lifetime ago and yet it is something I will never forget. I was young, innocent and naive. I'll admit that when I was first told what happened, I didn't know exactly what the World Trade Center was. Someone had to say, "You know, the twin towers?" before I truly understood what was happening and the magnitude of the situation. A few hours later, I was in my World Geography class watching the news with my friends when we watched the second plane strike the second tower. Live. On TV. In my class. I was 13. It is a moment engrained in my memory. It will never be forgotten.


At the fire station near our home in Pittsburgh in 2011


You know what else will never be forgotten? The people. The people who lost their lives. The people who lost their loved ones. The people who risked their lives to save others. And the people who lost their lives to save others. There are still good people in this world and the actions of heroes on 9.11.01 proved it. The actions of heroes over the last thirteen years continues to prove it. Despite the hate in this world, there are still people willing to serve, help and save others. And they'll risk their own lives in the process.


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We will never forget what happened on this day thirteen years ago. I listened to Alan Jackson's song Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) today and all of my emotions came to surface. The videos posted are tear inducing. The lyrics speak for themselves.


Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children
Or working on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Risin' against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?


Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below?
Did you burst out with pride for the red, white and blue
And the heroes who died just doin' what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself and what really matters?


[Chorus:]
I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell
You the difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love


Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you teaching a class full of innocent children
Or driving down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty 'cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her?
Did you dust off that Bible at home?


Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Or speak to some stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Or go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watchin'
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns?


Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers
Did you stand in line and give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love?


[Chorus x2]


And the greatest is love.
And the greatest is love.


Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?

#NeverForget


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