Where Were You?

On this sad anniversary of 9/11 I hope each of us will find time to pause and remember where we were the day America changed.  There are few times in our lives where we will vividly remember where we were, what we were doing and how we felt.  I was working as a nursing student on an orthopedic floor.  I went to ambulate a patient and she was sobbing.  I went to her thinking she was in pain from her knee surgery.  She grabbed my hand and said, "Oh honey, America has been attacked."  She pointed to the TV and together we watched in horror as the twin towers burned.  When I got to go home to Hailey who was just 3 months old, I held her and worried about the world she would grow up in.  I will always remember the way our country united in those days following.  The way God was once again our foundation.  The way patriotism erupted.  The way we vowed to not let this stop the greatest nation on earth from promising freedom to her citizens.  The heroes that gave us hope.

It has been a very hard decade for our country.  Bin Laden is finally dead but over six thousand of our soldiers have died in the war on terror.  I can only hope that in the next decade we can heal our nation from all of the wounds that have followed 9/11.  That we can end the war and bring our soldiers home. That we can heal our economy.  That we can  remain united, patriotic, and thankful to God without the threat of evil.  That the land of the free will still be the greatest place on earth for my children.  Today remember the countless people who lost their loved ones.  Remember the hole in our hearts that will never be filled.  Remember how great American's are.  Remember how great God is.  Remember we have faith, hope, and love, but the greatest is love.

6 comments:

Lacey said...

I was in my classroom teaching a class room of 6 year olds. trying to be calm for my kids who had no idea what was going on. And the parents who one by one came to pick up their kids from school early...because they just wanted to be near them. A day we all just wanted to hold our loved ones close. And couldn't get away from the t.v. for months as stories unfolded about those lost, and the heroes that saved lives. A day and time I will definitely NEVER forget.

Courtney said...

I was (of course a nursing student) on a oncology floor. It was one of my first days on the floor and was doing my morning "rounds" on patients and walked into a room as my patient was watching as the second building was hit by an aircraft. It was as if we were watching a horror movie. We were glued. I remember coming out of that room and telling my lead RN what I had witnessed. The rest of the day was trying to piece it together yet do our job of taking care of those sick with cancer. A depressing day.
To be glued to the TV for those following days, and hearing the personal stories of loss and terror. A day I will never forget.

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