Where I was and Where I am

Date Submitted: 02/20/2012
Author Info: David (Atlanta, GA - USA) 
Occupation: Student
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No
Knew someone who perished?: Yes

That day for which no one will ever forget lives with me like it was yesterday. I was in 5th grade in Social Studies class when one of my homeroom teacher came in and said something to my Social Studies teacher. My Social Studies teacher’s face was just of shock and he said “Are you sure?”. It was then that my homeroom teacher took us back to home room and turned on the TV in the room. What was on the television was burned into my mind forever, it was of the First Tower collapsing. That scene plays out in mind so clearly as I am writing this, I had no idea what was really happening. I remember heading home early and just so confused because several of my classmates’ parents came to pick them up crying. It wasn’t until a few years later that I understood the significance, how it changed this country forever. I wanted to believe that I was too young to attach emotions to this day but last year during the 10th Anniversary was the first time I cried in a long time. I remember watching the Memorial and feeling this knot inside me like it was trying to say something. So, I decided to do something I have never done since that day and that was to revisit the clips from that day. It was in those clips that were circulating around the internet that I found my true emotions, I started crying and I couldn’t stop. I know that till the day I die I will never forget. There was another impact not direct but still substantial that I realized, and it was my decision to enlist in the US Army after I graduate from college. Today, I know that day was not my primary motivator for my decision to enlist but it drove me further in solidifying that decision. I hope those who read this understand that I am enlisting because I love this country and I will do whatever it takes to defend this country. So, thank you for reading this.


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