A Post 9/11 Era

Everywhere you looked on yesterday people all across the country took time out to remember the events of 11 years ago when everything changed. The date 9/11/01 has become such a pivotal point for many that when people talk about things, it’s now in terms of or relationship to pre or post 9/11. Whatever your thoughtsare as to whether there should be a continual recounting and remembering of that day or not, there can be no doubt that things have changed dramatically.

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: V...

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: View of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. (Image: US National Park Service ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As time has marched on, many are finding it difficult to keep remembering. Dwelling on that day becomes harder and harder. The need to move forward is somehow stifled by the constant reminder of that day, just as any loss to family and friend might be. The constant attention brought about by the anniversary of that day becomes as a scab being constantly ripped off a sore wound.

Government began to thinking security measures and how to best protect citizens in a post 9/11 world. The events that led up to and have occurred since have revealed areas of weakness that before had not been considered or taken serious. Greater cooperation between all local, state, and federal agencies became the order of the day. How best to protect shores and borders is still a great concern for most, even after eliminating and capturing many terrorist who played a part in the planning and carrying out of the attacks on that day.

The church and many civil organizations have played a critical role in helping citizens to reclaim their lives back. It wasn’t enough that people simply cope with the losses, but to pursue victory in the midst of tragedy. Stories of great heroism and valiant efforts fueled the flames of people who saw the need to push beyond the pains of devastation, to become greater stories as though each were a phoenix rising from the ashes.

However history records that day years from now will probably continue to evolve as more is learned and people begin to change in relationship to the events of that day. What becomes important to note is that tragedy has never been the ruin of this nation. America has always possessed an indomitable spirit. Time will heal wounds and a time will come when American history will not be viewed through the lens of the term Post 9/11, even as we are seeing less emphasis put on WWII. It doesn’t lessen the events or the magnitude of what occurred, but it allows for people truly find peace after the storm.

QUESTION: What are your thoughts of things in this Post 9/11 Era?

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