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A Decade Later

September 11, 2011

Every generation has an event which everyone will remember where they were or what they were doing when it occurred.  For older Americans it was Pearl Harbor of the Kennedy Assasination.  For people of my generation 9/11 is ours.

I was sitting at my computer at WhyBenson.com when I got a phone call.  I was told a plane had stuck the World Trade Center.  My boss Tim and I ran upstairs followed by our friend Sarah.  We flicked on a television and watched as the second plane hit.  We watched for hours wondering what would happen next.  I don’t think any of us comprehended what was happening and we the events of that day would leave our country.

Ten years after the events of 9/11/01 memorial services took place in New York, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, PA where the events of that day unfolded.  It was a sad day.  People who lost their loved ones were shown in the crowd sobbing.  I cannot imagine losing someone they way they did and not being able to say a final goodbye.

Becky watched the service on TV and I watched with her for a little while.  The politicians all said the right things but I was struck by how little had been built.  The memorial in New York kept the footprints of the buildings and turned them into waterfalls surrounded by the names of the victims in bronze.

Aside from the memorial the Freedom Tower is still in its early stages. It is depressing that our country could not build something magnificent in a decade as a true tribute to those who lost their lives.  A new tower (or towers) would show our country’s resolve, and serve as a strong visual statement to those who hate the United States that we will not be defeated.

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