Tag Archive | America

We remember 10 years later

Tears in my eyes all day.

Truly, with how many American flags in front of stores, restaurants and on t-shirts, how could one not feel patriotic? I saw men and women wearing shirts proudly stating they were firefighters, police officers or part of the United States Armed Forces.

I watched footage from September 11, 2001 this morning and couldn’t stop the tears. Hearing the confusion, fear, anger and sadness of fellow Americans hits home for so many. Because we were there. We felt the same emotions. However, I was in Ohio and knew that my parents would be home for dinner that night – while others desperately tried to call their loved ones and confirm their safety.

I am so proud of my country for moving forward these past ten years.

I was to dedicate this post solely to the men, women and children that lost their loves ten years ago. Thank you to all firefighters, police officers and military service men and women, home and abroad for fighting our fight. 9/11/01 – 9/11/11

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current events divide, and unify, the Buckeyes

The death of Bid Laden this past Sunday rocked Ohio State’s campus, and my own personal world. The discussions of what happens next, the proper feelings you should experience, and if we are safer than before are debated in our campus newspapers, online and in class. To me, it seems like that the world is at a very interesting crossroads, and our thoughts should be about the future.

I learned about the death of Bin Laden through traditional media, but actually heard the president would address the United States through Twitter. After some quick research (thanks internet) I learned the address did not involve Libya, but was still about national defense.

Scary.

My stomach was in knots and focusing on studying for m 8:30 a.m. midterm seemed almost laughable. I couldn’t help by worry this address would bring bad news and  gloom to a rainy Sunday. Soon the tickers on FOX, CNN and MSNBC broke the news about Bid Laden, and President Obama confirmed it around 11:40 p.m. Before the president concluded his speech and walked back down the hall campus became alive. My neighbors shot of fireworks and other jubilant students went down to Mirror Lake to celebrate the death of this terrorist. I heard stories of people drinking till 4 a.m., but I was content to watch the news, cheer with my roomies and think about all the military men and women who continue to fight for our freedom.

Now the internal conflicts begin. Are we happy? Sad? Happy and sad? Respectfully happy but remember that a human being was killed? More concerned about the future of the United States and the safety of Americans in the coming months? Sad because the war is not over? I know some of our brave men fighting overseas personally, one especially is very close to my heart and will continue to be so for my entire life, and I can’t help but think of them first. They are the ones fighting and dedicating their lives for our freedom…what do they think?

I don’t want to feel joy over the death of another person, but I am struggling to feel sad. I think there is a correct mixture of emotions for this situation, and I am slowly reaching the point. Currently, I am happy a monster who terrorized the world is no longer a threat. But,  I know threats still remain and revenge will never produce a happy winner.

I feel that I grew up only knowing a world fighting terror; I don’t really remember flying without hearing a threat level, I don’t remember a time when we weren’t at war and I don’t ever remember a time when there was simply world peace. While that may never EVER occur during my lifetime or the life or my future generations, it is what I wish for the world. It seems so often we immediately reach for anger or hate when encountering another religion or personal difference, and that is what makes me sad. For all the good in the world and the incredible differences between countries that should allow us to grow and educate ourselves, we still cannot be accepting.

Now, I think that is a scary thing.

I hope in my lifetime I can help add some happiness to this world, or at least help others see how much joy there is already.

J