When I woke up this Tuesday, I wondered to myself how this date could ever be forgotten. Despite the 9/11 attacks happening 11 years ago, over half my life ago, I remember the events clearly. I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news. The image of the second tower being struck by a plane on live television has not blurred in my mind.
As evidenced by social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, it is obvious that I am just one of millions of Americans who remember. Hashtags like #Remember911, or #NeverForget911, symbolize a new era of remembrance.
The act of posting a tweet, a Facebook status or sharing a picture about 9/11 remembrance is a personal form of remembrance. The personal connection to this date runs deep for our generation.
Will Sept. 11 become “just another date” like Dec. 7? Much to my chagrin, I must say I am worried it might.
Anyone besides me remember Franklin D. Roosevelt’s bold words, “Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan?”
In my personal experience, I have found very few people that still consider Dec. 7 “a date which live(s) in infamy.”
The generation that heard FDR’s speech is almost gone. Are we going let this day, dubbed Patriot Day, die away with us?
I certainly hope not. I challenge you to never let the significance of this day die by spreading your patriotism every time Sept. 11 comes around.