Thirteen years ago today terrorists hijacked four airplanes, American Airlines flights 11 (crashed into the North Tower) and 77 (crashed into the Pentagon) and United flights 175 (crashed into the South Tower) and 93 (crashed near Shanksville, PA as the result of a courageous battle on board by the flight’s doomed passengers but which was headed for the Capitol in DC).
While time has passed and the memorials have been erected, that changes nothing that our world changed for the worse and has become even more dangerous than it was before. Now we live in a world where civilians are no only targeted, but their deaths are glorified on the internet. This enemy has no national identity, no official flag, and no government structure. They are bound only by their ideology and what they believe they must do to in its name.
The question is: Have we learned much in the last thirteen years? Our nation is in massive debt, more and more people a re unemployed, and the tax and regulatory burden has discouraged entrepreneurship. Checking the top trends on Twitter as of noon today only three of the top ten trends on Twitter mention the day at all and on Facebook the top ten trends show ZERO mentions of 9/11, but one can find news about Charlie Sheen donating $1,000 to the waiter who says he was stiffed by Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and news that Stevie Wonder has new tour dates.
How will future years of children come to understand 9/11? Or will 9/11/01 be just another moment in time, casually mentioned between mentions of celebrity news and other social media trends?
So on this day, no matter what you do, remember the 3,000 Americans who died, both in the plane crashes, on the ground, and during the rescue process, and remember the millions of lives which changed forever because of the horrific actions of that day.