I’m sure that each and everyone of us that are over 30 years old remember that day, 9/11/2001 and remember exactly what we were doing when we heard what was happening.
I was at work at Chesley, planting tulip bulbs and imagining how beautiful they would look the following spring. That’s when a coworker pulled up and told me and I was filled by the enormity of the events. I immediately put my bulbs and tools away and went home. Like most everyone else I suppose, we spent the day watching the horrifying news footage. Those images remain seared into out collective brains.
Now, 19 years later, I reflect on that day and the aftermath. As the horror and anger turned to the most beautiful showing of patriotism and unity of our entire country. There was no black and white, no religious divisions, no political division, we were all united in our love of this country and what we would do to preserve our land and what we have here, freedom,opportunity and peace.
It seemed like every porch was decorated with the red, white, and blue. Everywhere you saw the American flag flying proudly. It was a sight to behold!
That year I decorated the three pine trees in front of our house with red, white and blue lights. I remember that it was nearly impossible to FIND blue lights in the stores.
Then the finger pointing began. The armchair quarterbacks got behind their keyboards and the cracks in our unity began. Seeds of evil began to grow.
Now here we are in the year 2020. Our land has never been so divided.
Each day I pray that the young ones will be able to experience our country as it was in the aftermath of 9/11/2001, I just pray that it doesn’t have to come with the cost.
Divided we fall.