How do you feel one year after the terrorist attacks?
Today marks one year since the September 11th tragedy. How do you feel about the attacks one year later? How do you feel about the way they changed America? Are you still trying to cope, or have you come to terms with what happened?
I find myself to be far more cautious than I have ever been in my life. I spend more time looking over my shoulder, and for every plane that flies overhead prior to landing, I find myself looking upward. It is a very unsettling feeling. The weirdest thing is I dream at night and day-dream during the day of what each and every person from the taxi cab driver who dropped the person off for one of the ill fated fligts, to the steward or stewardess who started their day as they always do. I find myself re-enacting what these people were feeling from the time the first hijacker stood up to the unsettling feeling of knowing death was coming soon. My anxiety level has gone far beyond anything I expected. I find myself angry at these people who's disregard for human life means so little based on their convictions. I feel for the child who looks out the window, with the expectation that maybe that parent is coming home, to the husband or wife who sleeps alone with nothing but a memory beside them at night. I feel that NY Fireman or Policeman who daily has to live that day over and over again. But, I still see light at the end of the tunnel cause through all of this, I still believe God must have had a reason for these things to happen. Possibly, it was to do exactly what it is doing now. Allowing us to see how fragile life is, how we should respect and appreciate it and all the things we take for granted. To kiss the person you love and tell them you love them before you leave the house, to make that call to a relative and tell them hello and you love them, to call that friend and tell them hello....cause we now know that at anytime, it could be you or I the next time.
I am both sad and relived. Sad for the familys affected by the events of 9-11. I am relived that my family and friends in New York City were unharmed and made it to safety. Im also still very very angry at those responsible and the countries that are supporting the twisted causes of these spineless cowards who attack our innocent citizens.
As I read of all of the memorials & tributes to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. I wonder where is the mention of the very brave people aboard the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania averting an even greater loss. While the attacks on the WTC & the pentigon were on a much larger scale, the loss of life in a field in Pennsylvania was no less significant. You are not forgotten...
JULIA, MISSION, KS
The attacks are still a painful reminder that we must stand as one, in tangible ways, with all the people who continue to experienece unspeakable suffering as a direct result of September 11. And the attacks have changed the way we experience day to day life - from the depressing effect of the economy, to getting up even earlier to absorb waiting in airport lines, and to all the other ways that we must conform to what authorities judge is safer behavior. But in a way, necessary as they are, those are the clearer adjustments, almost sidebars to the real challenge. The real challenge is to constructively debate and discern what we as the good people of this nation (i.e., the government) must do to live out solidarity and strength and hope with people of good will throughout the world, the overwhelming majority, so that safety and prosperity and peace are grounded more in mutual respect, concern and tangible support, than in necessary measures of defense and armed force.
I'm just really frightened.
I have been trying to put into words how I feel TODAY....And what I have come up with ... I AM SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN !!
Stronger - by being one of millions to carry on and to help our Country move ahead. Thankful - for being a citizen of the greatest country in the world. Proud - of the members of flight 93 who should be known as the bravest heroes of our time. *AMERICAN*
The devastation to the families was extreme enough. The fact that the Red Cross has mismanaged the 9/11 fund is rubbing salt in the wounds of people who have suffered more than enough. Why isn't the government looking into this?
Terrence , Stoneham
September 11, 2001 will never be erased from my mind. I worry about the future for my grandchildren, but I am so proud to be an American. I pray for all the families who lost a loved one and for our President.
I've traveled from Logan Airport a number of times since 9/11 and have not been impressed with any securities enhancements. Nor have I felt more secure at sporting events. Bags are not checked, luggage is not screened. A baggage handler commented to me last week "what do you have in here, your bag weighs a ton" but this did not prompt her to x-ray my bag or conduct any further inspection. I fear that we are slipping back in to old habits of carelessness. I appreciate when time is taken to fully inspect bags, luggage, etc at any public event or when I am traveling and I'd like to see more. It's for our own safety.