Updated: Sep 13, 2019
Alan Jackson will forever remind me where I was "when the world stopped turnin' that September Day." Not that I will need his help to remember.
I think it's only appropriate today to remember the Tuesday morning 18 years ago when the fabric of American society was dealt a crushing blow.
I was a junior in high school at the time.
That morning, I had left the house early to drop my truck off at the shop before school. The towers had already been hit, and I wasn't sure at the time if it was real life or a hoax. I was listening live when the report came in that a 3rd plane had crashed into the Pentagon, it was then that I realized that something of real historical significance was going on.
After dropping the truck off, I hopped into Scott's car, told him about what I'd heard and switched his CD player to the radio. We listened as both towers collapsed.
School that day was eerie. Our teachers clearly had a better grasp on the gravity of the situation. We spent the better part of the day locked in to what was going on. It was like life was put on pause.
18 years removed, I remember that day vividly, as do many of us, I'm sure.
The impact of that day will be with me, and many others, for the remainder of this life.
Americans banded together for a time.
In today's political climate, it's refreshing to remember a time where people from all different walks of life, cultural, political, religious, etc. were banded unified, even if it was in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.
We weren't black or white or brown or democrats or republicans. We were unapologetically Americans.
I hope we can get back to that someday. I hope we can set aside judgement, see through our differences, and respect each other as members of the land of the Free and the home of the Brave. And maybe we can do it before suffering further tragedy.
Albeit, he was Jamaican and not American, but we would all do well to take some advice from Bob Marley:
"One love! One Heart. Lets get together and feel alright...Give thanks and praise to the lord and I will feel alright."