The day of September 11, 2001 is a day we as a nation and we as a universe will never forget. We all remember if we were in fact old enough to understand the tragedy before us, where we were and what we were doing when the news spread that we were under terrorist attack. I was a senior at East Columbus High School, sitting in my Advanced Placement Chemistry class. A class that I had a severe love/hate relationship with. I thoroughly enjoyed the periodic table and learning about those elements, but hated the math parts of the class.
The class was taught by a very interesting New Yorker who curiously enough, was a previous professor at Cornell University. That said, you know the class was quite the challenge. Especially for such a lackluster school. At any rate, I do not remember clearly how we found out at that moment but the next thing I knew, she was frantic and turning the classroom television on so we could all see what happened to our great nation.
At that point, no longer were we a nation divided, but we were a nation pulled together by the potential losses on that day. We didn’t know yet how many losses there were to be on that faithful day. The next thing I remember is that the news broadcasters were then speaking of an incident at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. In total, there were almost 3,000 casualties from all walks of life because of Islamic extremist. Now, we should not categorize all people of the Islam or Muslim faith with these people who committed these heinous crimes. But we should never forget what happened on our American soil. This was a day I was supposed to mail my application to New York University…as soon as I got home, I sealed it and didn’t think twice.
The terrorist who carried out these acts of malice of course, thought we were a country that had been conquered by them. No, we are the United States of America.
I pledge allegiance, to the flag of the United States of America.
And to the Republic for which it stands,
One Nation, Under GOD, INDIVISIBLE, with liberty and justice for ALL.