Alivia Larkin Essay
By: Alivia Larkin
The day of September 11, 2001 is always a day that people remember the terrorist attack on America. However that is but a broad overview of what really happened that day. Yes, Islamic members of the group Al-Qaeda hijacked three American civilian planes and crashed them into major monuments within our society; but Americans lost their lives that day. They lost their sense of security. They lost loved ones. 9/11 shouldn’t be remembered as a terrorist invasion. It should be remembered as the day that America lost it all.
After an American Airlines plane, filled with passengers slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, many people’s first thought was that it was merely an accident. But the minute the United Airlines plane crashed into the second tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, it was apparent that the United States of America was under attack (“9/11 Attacks”).
Being a senior in high school, I hardly remember this day. But this year in my A.P. United States Government class, we watched a video interviewing then-President George W. Bush on the occurrences of September, 11 as a way to remember that day. The video was very emotional and hard to hear, especially coming from a past president and seeing the way it still affects him today. But the thing that struck me the most in that video was when they cued to a clip of the towers after both had been hit and suddenly, it began to collapse. This large monument that everyone could point out in the New York City skyline was disintegrating to the streets. That building that was meant to withstand winds of 200 miles per hour was destroyed (“9/11 Attacks”). That alone could shock anyone. However, that was not even what really got to me. The minute after those planes hit the building, filled with people let me remind you, thousands gathered at the street to see what was happening. And those curious people were crushed by the debris of the falling building. People who worked in those buildings were either trapped or killed instantly. So it was not like the terrorists destroyed a world-known monument, they destroyed the lives of many Americans for years to come.
These members of Al-Qaeda planned a huge attack on American soil and they prevailed. They forced the United States to declare war against them in order to prove that we cannot be messed with. So 9/11 did not only cause around 3,000 deaths, it resulted in the millions of deaths from the Iraq War (“9/11 Attacks”). These deaths should never be forgotten and having been in school since the matter first occurred, I fear that we are headed in that direction. Each year, 9/11 is talked about less and less on its anniversary. This year in my school we did not even have a moment of silence for those lost in the attack. It saddens me so much because as George Santayana said in The Life of Reason or The Phases of Human Progress: Reason in Common Sense, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
“9/11 Attacks.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2012. <http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks>.