Today is 9/11, and I will never forget.
It has already been 17 years. That morning I woke up, like it was any another morning. I came down the stairs and the news was on. Nothing unusual but, just the routine weekday morning. On the east coast, the jiu-Jitsu Warrior starting his morning in a children’s Hospital in New Jersey. And my best friend, getting ready to board her flight in the Philippines. We all went about our daily routine, not realizing that just in a few minutes life would never be the same. The flight was suddenly cancelled, the hospital went into emergency mode, and I stood there in front of the TV hearing the words “hijack” for the first time as I watched the Twin Towers.
Within a few minutes, everything changed. Though evil will go in for a while, good always prospers.
They did this to divide, to conquer us, to tear down our flag. It saddens my heart because in many ways, just as they came through the twin towers, they came through us- to separate us. And we let them. We said we would never forget, but we are divided by hatred, by political parties, and being offended by everything. They took our flag. They took the pride our country. Americans have forgotten the Pledge of allegiance, I no longer hear the National Anthem (not even on the 4th of July), and we have forgotten. So many wonderful people died that day because of cruel people with evil minds. They destroyed families, not just that day, but every day that followed. We sent our military to fight and they didn’t come back the same. My friends didn’t come the same. They came back tortured, unable to speak the truth of the events that occurred. Every year during the fall, suffering mental torture, knowing they need to be admitted to a behavioral hospital, yet turned away because there is no room for them.
We built 9/11 memorials on the East Coast. The magnificent architecture to remember our loved us. Yet, people have turned the memorial into a engagement photo shoot spot and disrespect what it really stands for. This is grave site, not a botanical garden.
In a way, the twin towers are still falling every day.
“I have not told you this story to weaken you but to strengthen you”. They came to persecute us, a different way than that our world history. If America is your home, raise the flag, and don’t forget the ones who died and gave that right to you. Goodness will always prosper, though it seems like evil has gone on for so long. I believe in the goodness of humanity, that one day we will no longer be blinded by their mission.
17 years ago, I did not know my best friend nor the Jiu-jitsu Warrior. I didn’t know my favorite Mexican either. We’re not the same, we have different colored skin, we all grew up in different countries, and yet they all ended up in my life ♥️
Today is 9/11, let us not forget and let’s stand together.