18 years have passed since the day the towers fell.
When people came together, and we stood together as a country. When we realized that loving our neighbor was more important than any debates we may have had in the past. When we couldn’t figure out why people hated the US so much that they would take so many lives on that one fall day.
On September 11th, the military changed…
There is a pre-9/11 military experience and a post 9/11 one. So many have joined the military because of what happened that day. Going to war changed because of that day.
The US went to war less than 18 months after the attack. A war my husband and a lot of your spouses have also fought in. A war that some think should never have happened. A war that might have been the best way to handle a situation we have never had to handle as a country before.
We can’t forget that we are still going to war and service members are still deploying.
We are still fighting the war on terrorism, no matter who says that it is over on the nightly news. Spouses are still saying goodbye to their loved ones, heading over to Iraq, Afghanistan, and anywhere they are told to go. And we, as American citizens, need to remember that.
On September 11th, traveling changed…
Going to the airport is a different experience in our post 9/11 world. Before 9/11, you could go through security to say goodbye to your family members, regardless of if you had a ticket or not. You could greet your loved ones right when they got off the plane. I have so many memories of doing this with my own grandparents.
We have to take our shoes off and we have to be careful about what liquids we bring. People pack differently because of that day. Every time I get on an airplane, I am reminded about what happened.
I think about American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77 and United Airlines Flight 93. About how those people got on their flights, without knowing what could happen. About how now we know, that what happened is a possibility.
As a military spouse, I know what military families have had to give up in the war against terrorism.
We understand how serious terrorism can be and why our spouses have to serve in certain parts of the world. However, emotionally saying goodbye to them can be so difficult, especially since our country has been at war for so long.
I still remember 9/11 like it was just a couple of months ago. I had just started my last semester of college. Being on the west coast, I woke up to the news. I got ready for classes and drove the 20 minutes to my school.
Back in 2001, the internet was something you used on your computer. We did not get the news as quickly as we do today. Because of that, not everyone in my first class had heard the news. Those that had told them.
We talked about what happened. We talked about possible war and what that would mean. All of it seemed so surreal. It still seems surreal.
Time has moved on…
In 2002, I got married and had three children. They were born after this tragedy. Anyone under the age of 18 was not born yet, most of the current college-aged adults were too young even to remember. Our country has moved on in some ways and in other ways we have not.
The threats are still real. The military is still fighting, and we can’t ever forget those who died on that day. Their stories, their families, and the strength that each one of them showed.
You might be too young to remember, maybe you were just a child and all you know about that day was that your parents watched the news instead of letting you watch cartoons.
Maybe you were like me, in college, getting ready to start your adult life, going out into the world so different than the one you started your college years in.
Maybe you were a young military bride, whose husband just joined the Army, assuming a peacetime enlistment.
Maybe you were pregnant with your first child when your husband who had been debating enlisting decided that now was the time.
I pray that as time moves on, the world becomes a safer place. That the evil that comes from these types of attacks can be stopped. That we will never forget that tragic day in September…one that changed us forever.
Do you remember 9/11? What were you doing the morning of 9/11?