Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11th, 2001. Never forget.

May 1st, 2011: Osama Bin Laden was killed by an elite fighting force of men from DEVGRU, a force consisting of soldiers, sailors, and air crew members from all branches of the military, when they raided his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. That day the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S soil was brought to a swift end, his body dumped into the ocean. It is sad that when the news of his death was announced many young people and teenagers searched "Who is Osama Bin Laden?" in Google and Yahoo. This is disturbing to me because these kids did not know who he was even though most were aged 13-17 (according to yahoo, so the numbers could very well be off.) which would put them 3-7, they should have learned this in school at the very least! I was 11, my brother was 8, and my sister was 1. We were in a motel room in Gulf Port, Mississippi when the attacks were broadcast, I remember watching the 2nd plane hit the tower and watching them both crumble to the ground. I remember the sickening feeling I felt when that happened and knowing that so many lives had just been extinguished in that one act of terror. Please, remember what happened on 9/11 and pass it on to the next generation. Support those who lost loved ones in the attacks, support the first responders and those who helped in the search and rescue of those trapped in the rubble. Many of the people who were on ground zero are now developing cancer from asbestos inhalation and the government has abandoned them. Support the soldiers who are off fighting in the middle east, thank a vet for their service. These people have given up many things to protect those they love and their countrymen and women, they deserve at the least our thanks.

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