Heroes: September 11th 10 Year Anniversary
Heroes. We used our imagination as a child and pretended to be one. We play video games as heroes—saving the world. We fight off terrorists and bad guys, saving the country. On September 11, 2001, people didn't play as heroes—they were heroes.
It would be arrogant of me to sit here and think that anything I write about this event could come close to what needs to be said. There's an amount of attention that needs to be paid that will never come close to being fulfilled. As a multi-platform gaming site, what is our role in showing the proper respect to the events of September 11th? Regardless of what we do at GameZone, I feel very strongly about reflecting on that day, the men, women, and children that lost their lives, and how we came together as a nation in the most inspiring display of patriotism that I've ever seen.
Thinking back to that whole month just gives me chills. I was a senior in high school at the time, and the world literally came to a halt as my Economics teacher was pulled out of class—her son worked in the World Trade Center. The rest of the day was spent glued to a television. Being in Florida, we were far from the chaos that was taking place in New York City, Washington D.C., and the skies above Shanksville, Pennsylvania. That didn't stop my classmates from holding each other, crying, and struggling to find the right emotions. It is the defining event of my generation.
It was an event that caused strangers to risk their lives to help others. People would help others down the stairways of the towers, only to go back up the building in an attempt to help more. Firefighters and Police officers rushed into the World Trade Center with little regard for their own well being and one thought on their mind—to save people. Images are coursing through my head as I write this—of people covered in dust, running from the collapsing tower, and people crying.
2,977 victims. Families and children that won't have their loved ones come home. A plane full of passengers that fought their plane to the ground to prevent another attack on the Capitol. Somehow, over the course of the past 10 years, a majority of us have become numb to what happened. I'm not saying that you need to remind yourself of it every day, but around this time of the year, proper attention should be paid to the victims and heroes.
We should have the same amount of patriotism that we had on 9/11. We live among real heroes. It chokes me up knowing that I live in a country where people will come together in a time of crisis. That someone I walk by every day would put other people's safety above their own. That strangers will give you a shoulder to cry on if you need it. That people we trust our public safety to will not stop to rest until they've done everything they can. And that when we are faced with great tragedy, we show an immense amount of pride in our country.
It is not my place to demand anything from anyone, but I ask all of you to take some time this weekend and reflect on the 10 year anniversary of September 11, 2001 in your own way. We owe it to the 55 victims at the Pentagon; the 246 passengers and crew on the four planes; the 2000+ victims in the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center; the 411 emergency workers who responded to the scene that died as they tried to rescue people and fight fires, including the New York City Fire Department, Police Department, the Port Authority Police, and EMTs; and we owe it to the families of the victims, who are reminded of that day every time they see a picture of their deceased loved one, or whenever a birthday or holiday rolls around.
Let's focus on true heroes and honor them in a way they deserve.
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