Fourteen years ago today on September 11, 2001 the terrible attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, American Airlines Flight 11, American Airlines Flight 77, United Airlines Flight 175 and United Airlines Flight 93 shocked the world.
While people ran from the destruction heroes ran toward it to do whatever they could to rescue their fellow citizens. It never crossed their minds if they would be saving someone who held their same religious beliefs or not of If they would be helping a person who was the same color as them or not. None of that mattered; they were rushing toward the danger to help other people.
The same valor was shown on Flight 77 when they tried to retake the aircraft that they knew was going to be used as a weapon against fellow Americans, landmarks and our government. Rather than allowing evil to paralyze them with fear they acted, saving untold lives.
The people that perished that day should always be remembered as true heroes and the day should always be carried in our hearts as a day of remembrance of sacrifice. Not a day of differences but as a day of what men and women who take oaths will do for strangers every day when faced with insurmountable odds.
After the attacks they didn’t call in sick, they went to work early. They didn’t stay sheltered with their families, they went to their districts and performed their duties. They didn’t run from danger they ran toward it. They didn’t protest about who did what to who or why, they did their jobs without complaint and they did their best to help everyone. Some paid the ultimate price and never returned to see their loved ones again.
Some suffered years later for their acts that day from unseen events that followed them and will continue to until they die. They will have nightmares and be burdened with the images that they witnessed firsthand forever.
Nobody gets paid enough to do “a job” like this, especially when you compare some other professions where people are never putting their lives on the line. No family is ever compensated enough for the loss of their loved one who dies, is physically or emotionally crippled from these events. There is no true preparation for such events either.
Yet without the people who do these jobs our society would be lost. The people who seek to destroy our way of life, from terrorism, to just being able to go to school in safety would like nothing better than to have hatred toward the protectors of society. They blame everything on the people who take this oath and do it for so little because they are the first ones that they see every day.
These protectors are the ones who stop them from being able to rob the corner convenience store, rape children, rob old people, murder without consequence, terrorize our nation and they hate them for it.
Do not let today 9/11 be anything but a day of remembrance and honor for the people who did all that they could to help others. If you see an officer or fireman, thank them for their service knowing that they too have taken an oath and stand ready to help all in need.