Fifteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, America and all what she stands for was hatefully attacked. The utter unexpectedness of an attack in our soil that was both heartless and deadly rallied Americans together. September 11, 2001 united young and old, rich and poor, blacks and whites, Hispanics and Asians.
On that day, and the days that followed, the National Anthem was proudly sang by the many who cherished this nation. On the steps of the Capitol, congressmen and women who disagreed on a multitude of issues, wholeheartedly and unabashedly agreed to proudly stand up in honor of America’s National Anthem and the Red, White, and Blue.
9/11 brought us to our knees to seek comfort and strength from God our maker, and compelled us to patriotically stand up on our feet to honor and salute the flag of the
United States of America.
A lot has changed since then.
For few years after September 11,2001, America’s young millennials answered an inner call of duty, and rushed to join the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Marines. Many of them driven by pure patriotism, and consuming zeal and passion for America deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. They volunteered at the risk of dying for this nation and for the flag for which it stands.
But, a lot has changed since then.
Our nation’s millennials and all of us from other generations are now preoccupied, swamped, and consumed by our smart phones, tablets, social media, constant fun, popularity, appearances, material gains, and ceaseless passions for a plethora of causes that seem so right to us. I’m afraid, many of us are gradually growing distant from the ominous warning of September 11, 2001, and have forgotten the utmost value of standing together for God and country.
America’s young and old, rich and poor, blacks and whites, Hispanics and Asians, irrespective of all of our disagreements and the many yet to be resolved issues, must stand together in honor of what her flag stands for. It is when we stand for America and what her flag represents that we grow closer as citizens. And, it is then that we feel a deep gratitude to God who allowed this nation to be a beacon of light where immigrants, like me and many of you, find happiness, peace, and liberty.
We must never forget 9/11 and the impact it has left on each one of us. Let’s remind ourselves and others, especially our current millennial generation, of how easily and suddenly can our peace in America be disrupted and shattered if we just let our guard down.
United we stand, divided we fall was right on September 11,2001, and is still right today.
Below, is an article that I’ve written fifteen years ago reflecting on the horror of that day, and its effects on me, my clinic staff, and our nation.
Please read it and share the significance of the 9/11 story with others.
God bless you, and God bless America.
Adel G Hanna, M.D.
Author: Soldier To Soldier Heart to Heart
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