This is America. If there is a crime, we call the police. If there is a fire, we call the fire department. If there is a safety concern where a person is in need of immediate medical attention usually an ambulance comes roaring out. If there is tyranny, dictatorship, and evil in other parts of the world, we have a response. But on September 11, 2001, it easily debatable that no one knew who to call.
America stood in shock after multiple bodies were pulled from the rumble. According to sources, 2,977 people were killed (excluding the 19 hijackers) and more than 6,000 others were injured. The immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes (including the terrorists), 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon (Wikipedia, 2016).
I felt a sense of numbness as investigations uncovered the identity of the hijackers and how they obtained their licenses to fly on American soil. How could people do such a thing to so many innocent people. There is no way to prepare for such evil. Then I recalled a saying from Charles S. Spurgeon, “the same sun that melts the wax hardens the clay.” The same flag that provides us democracy and freedom may represent something totally different to others. I remembered that it’s the substance that makes the difference in who does evil and who does good in this country.
For people who served then, never forget, and continue to work on precautionary measures now then I thank you for not becoming hardened… I thank you for arming yourself with compassion… I thank you that despite a sense of suspended justice you managed to be kind enough to go pass your own personal bias to stand again and again for what 9/11 really means.