For many of us who serve our nation, September 11th, 2001 is an iconic day that inspires quiet reflection or anger. It is a day that has come to define our generation. We have come to recognize not just what we feel while reflecting on the day, but where we were when the events occurred.
The same cannot be said for the vast majority of people in school now. September 11th, 2001 was 15 years ago. That means that if you were in the military when it occurred, you are either retired, medically discharged, separated, or three quarters along the way from being a retiree. For those who joined after September 11th, 2001, many were nearly 18 years old or were in college.
The vast majority of people having 9/11 discussed with them were in fact not even born at the time. They are children and teenagers in school, who were born afterwards. They are being talked to about 9/11 as if it were a living and breathing event. In fact, it is something they never felt or experienced. That is not to say that they do not feel emotional about the subject, just that their emotions are based on what they heard from others or saw on television.
For those of us who were born after the attack on Pearl Harbor, we can understand this disconnect. It angers us and saddens us to see the events shown on television, but they did not directly hurt anyone we knew at the time. We can only experience it through pride to our country and by hearing the emotional discussions of those who it most directly affected.
It is therefore important that the people who experienced 9/11 remember how important it is to carry on history. It is not about hate, war mongering, or aggression. It is in fact, a day of remembrance for the thousands of people who died at the hands of hate. It is the memories of all the innocent people who attended work that day, not knowing that it would be their last. It is the reality that on 9/11, we all became victims.
While we as a nation struck back, fighting wars in two countries, the day has meaning. Today, teachers are beginning to ask what children’s parents were doing during 9/11. It is a transition that is both important, and relevant. Remembering those who were lost, remembering the feelings, emotions, loss, and sadness of that day, and encouraging our children to remember it too is an important part of our culture. The United States is not about any individual day. It is about much more than that.
9/11 means a lot to all of us. It has come to define many of us and has influenced the direction that our lives have taken since then. Remembering it is important, and encouraging our children to understand it may help to make them better people in the long run.
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