On My Soapbox: What we remember and why

The Sept. 11, march and program in downtown Wednesday evening was great. In fact, every year that I have seen it, it has been great.

Even though it rained, people still came out to remember those who lost their lives during the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. The rain actually made the event a little more somber this year.

I still remember where I was and what I was doing the day of the bombings.

As I was getting ready for class, I saw the reports of the bombings. The first thing I thought was “where is Kevin?”

My brother Kevin was on his first deployment overseas with the Navy, so I was worried about what was about to happen. I called home over and over, but my parents didn’t answer the phone. That made me worry even more.

They didn’t answer because they were calling around trying to calm all our relatives.

When I went down for breakfast, the second plane hit, and this was only one of two times that the University Center was in total silence.

Morning classes were mainly discussions about the attacks or watching the news reports. My one afternoon class that didn’t get canceled was Radio/TV. We were sent out in teams to film reports of how the attacks affected Alpine.

Gas lines were blocks long because people knew prices were about to go up.

In essence, these were minor things that I remember, but I remember them like they were yesterday.

The significant things that I remember are the fear I felt that something had happened or was going to happen to my brother, and the sympathy I had for the families that lost love ones and the people who lost their lives.

Being at the event Wednesday also made me remember how we as a nation came together in a time of tragedy. It didn’t matter your ethnicity, religion, values or political beliefs, everyone sympathized and wanted to help everyone.

Watching the march (not a parade) through downtown every year shows that, for at least one day, the nation can come together again. Unfortunately, it’s to honor those who fell in the line of duty, but ethnicity, religion, values or political beliefs are put on hold for a moment.

This is what I remember, and there is more than one reason why.

I’m going to get off my soapbox and finish getting ready for the Business Expo. If you are in town, stop by the Taylor Press booth and say hello.

“We must never allow September 11th to become a time for protest and division. Instead, this day must remain a time for promoting peace and mutual respect.”

- Timothy Dolan

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