"We Will Never Forget"
As we collectively mark the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, be it through personal reflections, or elaborate ceremonies, I ask-Have We Forgotten?
We could never forget the eternally haunting, surreal moment those planes crashed into the World Trade Center.
We could never forget the shocking moment in which the Towers were no more.
We are forever inspired by the incredible courage of those passengers on Flight 93.
We remember the final destination of Flight 77, and those lives which were lost at the Pentagon.
2,996 people died on that day, including the 19 brainwashed hijackers.
Nearly 6,000 American Soldiers have died in the subsequent "War on Terror"
Abstract in a way. But these were parents, sons and daughters, lights in people’s lives, someone’s "everything".
We remember 9/11, we remember the nearly 9,000 Americans who have died, either directly or indirectly because of the actions of that day.
We remember through memorials, through candle light vigils, through ribbons and car magnets, through TV Specials and Books and Movies.
Is that enough?
We say-these 9,000 Americans did not die in vain. We claim our solders are fighting to protect "our values" abroad.
What are those values? Have we forgotten? Or have they simply changed?
What America are we protecting from terrorists? One in which 45 million Americans struggle to eat on a daily basis? One in which nearly 14 million Americans are without work? One in which the income disparity between "the haves and the have-nots" is at its worst since the Great Depression? One in which the Average CEO makes 185 times more than the Average worker? One in which as Unemployment has gone up 102%, Wall Street Profits have risen 720%?
How about one in which we ask less than 1% of Americans to sacrifice their lives-for all of us- to protect these "values"?
Let us never forget the America we want. Let us never get so cynical, so apathetic, so disillusioned, that we forget the ideal of America. An America that works not only for the few and the privileged, but for all of its hard working citizens. An America where homes on Main Street are not foreclosed, as pockets on Wall Street are padded. An America where trivial, superficial differences are not allowed to impede our collective spirit, our fight for the collective good.
An America which is truly ran by a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
An America which can look itself in the mirror.
An America which is worth protecting, an America which is worth fighting for.
Flag pins and car magnets aren’t enough.
We Remember 9-11
We Honor the Victims, We Honor Our Fallen Soldiers-
By Fighting for an America they would be proud of.
Be Good Friends,