It isn't that difficult to guess what I'm about to address in this journal. Nor should it be a surprise to anyone - even those who read this who are not from the United States of America. On this day twelve years ago, the country of my birth was mercilessly attacked by Islamic extremists from the infamous group, Al-Qaeda. Twenty-four men aboard four different planes took control of the commercial flights, storming to the cockpits of the planes and stabbing all who were in there way.
Al-Qaeda had been threatening the United States for many years before then, with terrible, inhuman words. "Blood must be spilled." they said, "We do not differentiate those who are wearing military garments and the clothes of civilians. There must be widows. There must be orphans."
Never in anyone's wildest dreams could anyone have foreseen the devastating tragedy that was to come.
Today we remember those who lost their lives on this day twelve years ago. We remember the innocent civilians - the men and women who had come in that day to work and ended up giving up their lives. The firefighters, medics, and policemen who sacrificed themselves trying to save others from the new terrors our country faced. The children who lost their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and any other member of their family that day. We remember all those people and more on this dark day in our nation's history. We remember their heroism, bravery, patriotism and sacrifice. We remember that they were good, hard-working Americans, and that their memory and their legacy lives on forever. Even though our World Trade Centers were destroyed and our Pentagon crippled, America lived to fight another day. And we will NEVER stop fighting to avenge those poor people who died that day.
History cannot be allowed to repeat itself this time.
So many good men and women perished that day. Some died working to keep America as strong and proud as it always has been, others perished helping others escape the infernos that swept through the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. The passengers of Flight 93 saved America from what possibly could have been an attack on Congress or the White House by storming the cockpit - working together to overpower the pilot, who crashed the plane in a field in Pennsylvania moments after the passengers attempted to retake the flight and save their lives. Those passengers died as heroes, and their memory, along with every other man and woman's who died that day will live on, never to be forgotten.
On a final note, I will close this journal with a few words from the journal I wrote last year on this day. Looking back at them, I am still amazed to have said such things, but prideful all the same to know that I am an American, and this is what my country is capable of:
America survived that day. In fact, we came together as a nation, moreso than nearly ever before. We reached out to the families who had lost their loved ones. We all did whatever we could to help restore our nation to the way it had once been. My young class, though we were just starting out, raised enough money and materials to send to the volunteers. The point is, we as Americans came together as a nation. We seek justice for all our fallen brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, neighbors, and so forth, so that they receive the righteousness they deserve.
We fell to our knees once before, but now we stand stronger and prepared. America is the home of the free and the land of the brave. Not cowards who are willing to wipe out innocent civilians shall be spared in our crusade for justice, and even with the mastermind of the plot gone, his followers still follow his sick, twisted ideals. But here's what they didn't plan. America is the United. When you threaten one of us, you threaten ALL of us, and when you threaten a united nation…
It's either surrender your cause, or get ready for a storm you won't soon forget.
Always remember 9/11. Remember our fallen, our survivors, our soldiers and our civilians. We stand strong as one. From sea to shining sea…
Remember the day. Learn from the past. Live for the present and fight for the future. Today is not the day to focus on one's own troubles, but remember tha we ALL have them. Stand not alone, for those who walk with nothing but a shadow become the first to stumble. Stand as one, take your friends and your family. Your neighbors and your enemies! Remember the day we all stood together, for our freedom. For our beliefs. For our very lives even!
Stand together hand in hand America. Show the world we have not forgotten, nor will we ever forget how strong we are as one.
God bless America, now and forevermore!
And it is with those words, my friends, I leave you tonight.