Member Rara Avis
Well, being from NY at first it was that shock Ali described. Disbelief, thinking the U.S., especially NY is not invincible was beyond frightening.
I have many friends who have lived through WWII and man, I don't know how, having troops march through their homes, keeping them hostage, things much worse.
Things like that crept into my mind.
America? You have got to be kidding me?
But it happened and with OUR assistance.
Here in NY, people banded together, it was a beautiful thing. You couldn't buy an American Flag (they were sold out) and had to stand in line for hours to give blood. (and I couldnt, new ink)
I know many medical personnel that went to the site and came back all torn up. (I couldnt go , a new mother, but maybe thats a blessing)
I wish I could have done more, I wanted to do everything. I felt helpless.
I guess the way it changed where I live is people started to see the government and the U.S. as not being so invincible anymore. Woke a lot of people up but for a couple of years after you saw beautiful acts of kindness.
You also saw a lot of false prophets who never hung a flag in the first place but suddenly jumped on the bandwagon just because. Makes one wonder why the flag and the Red Cross lines weren't in such demand before this.
I am American, I am a patriot but I am far from political.
I love my country and I despise it but at the same time am grateful to be here, even though it has its flaws, it is still my country.
Do I believe in my political leaders?
I don't think I need to answer that.
For what followed that horrible act of tyranny was again, done by our hands and that of our leaders.
So what has been learned?
I really do not have an answer for that.
I am grateful for life, for my son, that nobody I know was killed in that personally and that we were protected by our soldiers.
It just should never have happened.