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13 years ago on this day

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley

I remember sitting in my sixth grade science class early one morning when my principal opened the door and asked for my teacher to step outside for a quick word. As soon as my teacher, Mrs. Pegues, stepped out we all started talking, glad to have a moment of freedom.

When Mrs. Pegues came back in she said calmly, guys America has just been attacked in New York. She paused. Then she said to settle down in case we have instructions to follow.

I remember thinking - America has been attacked? No way. Could my freedom be up for grabs? A few moments later the school secretary spoke on the intercom and said teachers you may turn your TVs on if you’d like. Mrs. Pegues did.

That’s when I saw America being attacked on September 11, 2001 as the World Trade Centers were on fire and thousands of people running in panic. A few moments later we learned the Pentagon had been attacked and that’s when it hit me. I remember thinking about my uncle working in the Pentagon. Then I became worried just as those thousands who were fleeing the tumbling walls in New York and in Washington, D.C.

Today marks 13 years since the attacks on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon, and it will be a day we shall never forget in America.

After I got home from school after what felt like the longest day of my life, my mom and had already confirmed that my uncle was okay and made it out of the Pentagon safely.

Even after knowing, my uncle was safe I still felt uneasy about the safety of our country. I felt like the U.S. had become vulnerable. But then, we came together with “God Bless America” as the theme to get our country back in order. And the U.S. did just that.

We came together honoring those who went in and did what they could to rescue others out of the buildings, even if it meant losing their own lives. Their works will forever go unforgotten. At 11 years old I knew life was short. Still to this day, especially with the many bombings and attacks going on now overseas, I keep an eye out for another American attack. I don’t want it to happen, but as the saying goes we always expect the worst but hope for the best.

That’s why week in and week out, no matter what the topic is I choose to write about I end it wishing you all blessings. We can have different ideas and opinions, but that shouldn’t separate us. To our government, state and local officials, I pray for you all. I pray abundance and favor over the decisions you make for the best interest of us, the people. And if nobody else tells you one good word since you’ve been in office, I do say thank you.

Blessings