9/11: 19 Years Ago And America Hasn’t Been The Same Since

9/11: 19 Years Ago And America Hasn’t Been The Same Since

9/11: 19 Years Ago And America Hasn’t Been The Same Since

Nineteen years have past since the unspeakably horrible events of September 11th.  In fact, enough time has passed that college aged young people have now lived their entire lives after Sept. 11, 2001. What they know about 9/11 is what they’ve been taught in school, what they’ve seen on TV and the internet, and what those of us who lived through it tell them.

And that starts with helping them understand that America hasn’t been the same since.

For those of us who lived through it, September 11, 2001 was the day that we were violated on our own soil, the day that we were made to face the reality that there are those in this world who want us dead simply because we are American.  You know what happened.  That day we watched four coordinated terrorist attacks, by the simply evil Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, use commercial passenger aircraft filled with hundreds of people, literally slam into buildings.  And then we watched those buildings crumble to the ground, killing thousands more.  The 9/11 attacks were the deadliest terrorist act in world history, and the most devastating foreign attack on United States soil since the Pearl Harbor bombing on December 7, 1941.  And get this, as of October 2019, 1,645 (only 60%) of 2,753 WTC victims’ remains have been positively identified, according to the NYC medical examiner’s office.

It was an unbelievable horror and the days that followed, dark.

But in the midst of those dark days — some of the darkest days in American history — something amazing happened. A country where people were still divided in the wake of a close, controversial presidential election less than a year earlier put aside their differences for a little while and came together. We prayed together, we cried together and most of all, we stood together. For a short time, the United States of America was truly united.

We watched men and women show us what American Exceptionalism meant; watching  them go back into the inferno to save others over and over.  I think perhaps it was General Omar Bradley who said “Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.”  Indeed.  We watched these brave people give themselves, their futures, and their very lives. Heroism during 9/11, and throughout the Global War on Terror, was inexhaustible.

Fast forward 19 years.

We’re all aware of a number of broad takeaways from the events of 9/11.  From conversations about national security, to the always morphing, demented fringe of al-Qaeda/ISIS/WhoEverIsComingNext-like spawn, to considerations surrounding religious freedom and loss of individual liberties, the fallout of that terrible event continues to impact our lives today. Even in the midst of COVID, AntiFa’s & BLM’s riotous wilding in the streets, the rise of all these young Bolsheviks, and a completely polarized country, we are still forever changed because of 9/11.

For many of us who lived through it, 9/11 is a never completely healed wound — like Frodo’s shoulder — with “the memory of darkness heavy” on us.  It’s our obligation and burden to keep the memory of that day alive.  So, in an effort to keep the events and stories of 9/11 ever tender in our hearts, we’ve gathered below a small sampling of some of our favorite blog posts from over the years here at VG that demonstrate both the evil and the courage witnessed on that horrible day. We hope you pick out a few to read, and then pass on the stories to those who have come after.  It’s an important part of our history and legacy.

#NeverForget.

 

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Here’s a few links to past Victory Girls September 11th Tribute Posts!  

 

A Victory Girls 9/11 Collective: We Remember, We Are Not Afraid

A Victory Girls 9/11 Collective: Life After 9/11 

Remembering 9/11: The Music That Gave Us Hope, Strength, And Courage [VIDEO]

#September11: Remembering the Sixth Graders on Flight 77

9/11 Perspective: How We Got Here From There

Remembering 9/11: September 11th, My Son and Duty

Remembering 9/11: Rick Rescorla, a Singing Hero

#September11th: Remembering The 9/11 Jumpers

9/11’s Youngest Victims: The Fate of Juliana McCourt

Our Sacred Obligation to the Next Generation

#September11: The Flight Crew

Remembering 9/11: Happy Birthday, My Son

Remembering 9/11: George W. Bush’s World Series Opening Pitch [VIDEO]

Remembering 9/11: Todd Beamer and the Heroes of Flight 93

Never Forget 9/11

 

 

 

Photo Credit: The incredibly beautiful featured photo is “New York City Skyline At Night” from © Can Stock Photo Inc. /Gerard Fritz/ License.

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5 Comments
  • I grew up with my parents and grandparents telling me exactly where they were and what they were doing on December 7, 1941. My children have grown up being told exactly where my wife and I were on September 11, 2001.

    I pray that my children have no such stories – although it seems doubtful. If they don’t have two – my grandfather also told about seeing the newspapers with “WAR!” as the only headlines in 1917.

    • Kate says:

      Love that, WO.

      Storytelling is a great family tradition. I became first interested in history because of the vivid stories from my parents, grandparents, and others. May it always be so. Glad you’re here.

  • Mary says:

    Am still bewildered by the horror of that day. Will never be forgotten, rest in peace all those who perished.

  • Mike Smith says:

    After the attack were told by President Bush and others the terrorists’ goal was to “disrupt the American way of life.” If that was/is true, there is no question the terrorists have won.

    President Bush made terrible decisions in the wake of 9/11.
    — DHS/TSA. We are still taking off our shoes.
    — Worse, the ‘Patriot’ Act that paved the way for the illegal spying of our government on American citizens. Without the PA, it would have been nearly impossible for Obama and Hillary to spy on Trump.

    Most R’s, unfortunately, do not care enough about liberty to push back.

  • Scott says:

    Thanks for the post Kate, After that day, the call was “Never Forget”. Sadly with the election of people like Ilhan Omar and others, as well as the actions of antifa / blm, and those who support them, it is clear that many of our fellow citizens have done exactly that.
    This year I was unable to hold to my normal quiet personal memorial for 9 /11 (I was sitting in staging for a wildland fire), but I did take a moment to remember the fallen, some who I knew.

    To all the readers here, PLEASE, Never Forget!

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