September 11, 2011
By Edward M. Bury, aka The PRDude
On this day a decade ago 19 men — fueled by hatred, ignorance and a warped ideology — changed the course of history here in the United States and wherever people live free.
On this day a decade ago this nation was bound by a singular cause made part of our collective national consciousness from the senseless loss of thousands of lives and destruction of symbols of what makes this country great.
On this day a decade ago heroes were born — and heroes died, many quite unceremoniously; not on fields of battle but in places thought to be safe.
On this day a decade ago the morning skies above New York, Washington and eastern Pennsylvania were clear and blue; within the course of 102 minutes the skies were darkened by smoke, anguish and fear.
On this day a decade ago artists, writers, poets and musicians were inspired to chronicle first the horror, then the pain and finally the resolve and courage that surfaced in the days and months later.
On this day a decade ago I stood stunned in a room with colleagues and witnessed first-hand on a television screen the latest horror man brought upon fellow man.
On this day a decade ago I sat in silence on a subway car and overheard a rough-looking man utter this challenge: “Put me in a room with that terrorist motherfucker and let’s see how tough he is.”
On this day a decade ago I spent the first of many evenings engrossed in news reports and tried to understand why a handful of people living thousands of miles away could tear the very fabric of our country to its very core.
On this day a decade ago life went on, but we vowed never to forget.
Today, our lives have changed. We have to take off our shoes at the airport to pass through security. We are recorded on cameras in places public and what used to be private. We are constantly reminded to be constantly on guard.
Yet, the very foundations of this nation — our freedom to assemble peacefully, to speak our minds and disagree, to pursue greatness — remain intact. Towers crumbled, lives were lost and many more lives were decidedly altered on this day a decade ago.
Today, we carry on and hopefully learned that our world, our children’s world and their children’s world will never be the same. Hopefully, we will never stop trying to reach a place where we will never have a day like on this day a decade ago.