What has happened to US.

It’s hard to believe that it has been 20 years since the 9/11 tragedy happened.

As I’m sure everyone does, I remember exactly where I was when the planes hit. I was working at Home Depot, at the returns register. A customer came in and exclaimed “the twin towers have been hit!”

I didn’t know what he was talking about, but more customers were coming in and providing more bits of information. Then the Pentagon was hit.

For several minutes, my family and I were in fear that my brother may have been working at the Pentagon where he was a police officer. Thankfully we reached him, and he was ok. He worked the night shift and was at home now. So many others were not as lucky.

This tragic day will never be forgotten. But what does seem to have been forgotten is the way our country came together afterwards. In the days after 9/11, strangers were there for each other. People came together to help, rescue and support the victims and families who lost loved ones. Political stance, religious belief, skin color, gender preference…none of it mattered. We were Americans. We were attacked. Not only did we lose over 2,000 people from 9/11, but we’ve since lost hundreds of soldiers who joined the armed forces to protect our country in a war against those that attacked us.

But these last 20 years have changed us. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO US?

Why is someone filled with so much hate that they spew venomous words over politics? Why does a mask mandate make a parent threaten another parent? How can someone have hatred in their heart just because the color of someone’s skin? Imagine all of the people we’ve lost because of the events that took place on 9/11. If they saw how our country was filled with so much love, support, and kindness because of what happened to them, I bet they would have been so proud; but man, if they saw how we treat each other now.

I spent much of Friday & Saturday watching the National Geographic special, “9/11: One Day in America.” To hear their stories of loss, of surviving, guilt, trauma and heroism is heart breaking, to say the least.

The last episode ends with a survivor saying “your memory shouldn’t be your name on a wall somewhere. That’s not you. You are the person in that photo album. You are the smiling person, living your life. That’s how you want people to remember you.”

As I read the news and scroll social media, I wonder if we are all living how we want people to remember us. I think we need to do better, America.

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