Wednesday, September 11, 2019

18 Years After the 9-11 Attack on America

18 Years After the 9-11 Attack on America
Today is the 18th anniversary of 9/11, the biggest attack on American soil
An attack that took the lives of many that day and also later days
A day of tragedy firmly entrenched in the minds of Americans
And a day that motivated a wonderful sense of patriotism in the country

I remember the day when a call from my husband interrupted our homeschooling
As he said to turn the tv on and watch ... it’s horrible... so we did
And tried to understand as we watched a plane crash into the tower
Thinking it was a video, but realizing we were watching a new attack

The tears came suddenly as the shock of the unthinkable froze us
Horror that such could happen in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave
Not sure if we should really believe it, yet we saw it ourselves in real time
Wondering what else could happen and were we safe

The horror continued as news came in and pictures were shown
As the country tried to understand this second attack wondering what was next
The newsman who said American is not under attack, this is in New York
Provoked an indignant response in me of Yes,they ARE attacking us

Because though we don’t live in New York and are farther away
New York is one of us and the attacks seemed deliberate even then
Attacking one part of the country meant that no part of the country was safe
Little was known at the time, but it was obvious Americans WERE being attacked

I had already planned to go to the store that day for needed groceries
So went earlier than planned with my children, finding the highways and roads empty
Feeling a fear of the unreal and unknown as there should have been many out
Seeing familiar scenes all coated in the dark dread of the unknown

Hurriedly buying groceries and heading quickly back to the familiar safety of home
Yearning to have my husband there also, but waiting for him to call
Holding my kids while tears streamed down my face, so thankful to have them
Praying for those in danger and asking that many would be rescued

A day of waiting, watching, praying and wondering what it all would mean
It was a day that fear crept right into our house and hearts and we cried
And still we watched desperately wanting a good outcome for more people
As the reality of the losses became more and more evident

Thankful someone finally echoed my thoughts and said America IS under attack
And feeling a oneness with other Americans who felt united in grief
So glad when my husband came home and for the crushing hug he gave me
As we clung to each other in sorrow with tears flowing down our cheeks

The next day was my oldest son’s birthday and usually a time for joy
He hated that the day after was his birthday and for years it has been a hard day
So young to be touched even in a small way by the evil that visited
His birthday ever after so close to a day tainted with harsh memories

The days after were equally sad as details came out of more tragedies and losses
As hope turned to acceptance and grief to angry outrage
Feeling a need to keep this from ever happening again, but not sure how
Seeing flags all over as patriotism united Americans and we cared about each other

God was an acceptable subject then as so many called out to Him for help
Flying flags, helping, comforting and listening to others became the new norm
Making me and so many others proud to be an American
Knowing we were united and would move forward in that unity

Many grieved and still do as the losses were deeply felt
But what has happened to our country that was attacked by religious zealots
Determined to kill any who disagree with them and furthering their agenda
That those from that same religion now hold offices in this country they attacked

So quickly we have forgotten what evil is so motivated to do
As we open borders and invite in those who come to infiltrate not find sanctuary
Many eyes are closed to the look of the future as more control taken by that religion
Of those not contented to worship in freedom, but driven to conquer and control

Why are we so foolish and caught up in entertaining ourselves that we do not see
The dangers around us and the freedoms being given away and also taken
Someday we will open our eyes in horror wondering how it could have happened
Though we willingly live anesthetized lives uncaring that history is repeating itself

Only God can fix the damage done because of hardened hearts and foolish minds
Of those content to live in the moment but oblivious to the future implications
Babies killed, tolerance for some, freedoms surrendered, addictions practiced
Claiming many freedoms, but missing the point of what freedom really means

      May we learn to be sober, be vigilant and watchful. Do you have memories of that day? Maybe you lost someone on that day... or remember where you were when you heard. I'd love to hear about it in the comments.  Thank you for visiting. 


  1. I was at work that day and remember hearing something on the radio about a plane hitting a building, but thought that I was hearing things or imagining what was said. Once I heard the news report, I was shocked! I needed to call my girls as they were both at my mother in laws because they were sick. I went home to get my phone and turned the tv on and watched the second plane hit the tower. I cried! I returned to work and the mood was sober the rest of the day as we could not turn the radio off and we kept learning of more attacks on our country and more innocent lives lost!

    1. A memory so many of us will share for the rest of our lives... I knew that people in many countries were touched often by wars in their land, but until that day I had been insulated from such. It made me sad to think of our children who experienced such horror as children and I know they felt fear... I think the whole country did. It certainly is a different world from when we were kids and didn't have to think of something like that happening here. Thank you for sharing your experience...I appreciate your comment.

  2. I was at work. My boss called from our main office and asked if my computer was on yet. He said a plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York. By the time I got my computer booted up the second plane had hit.

    1. It was so horrible for all of us and frightening to have our people attacked... yet it also united us at the time. I don't think I have talked with anyone who doesn't remember that day (unless they were too small at the time). Good to hear from you.