Affects Of September 11th We Are All Americans In Our

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Affects of September 11th We are all Americans in our hearts, despite where our ancestors may have come from, or what religion we practice. From Europe to Asia, we have thrived because of this mix of individual societies and cultures coming together to form one great one, the United States of America. Unlike other great powers of the past such as Greece and Rome, the U.S. tolerates all peoples from all walks of life. We celebrate our differences and what makes each and everyone of us unique. Some say it's only a matter of time before our acceptance to different cultures will cease to exist. The possibility arose nearly a year ago, on September 11, 2001. In the year since that attack on us, and our way of life, we have had to make a choice that would determine the future of this nation, whether to love each other in spite of a cowardly attack, or use it to judge one another and tear each other apart until there is nothing left of what was once the great democracy of the world.As soon as the attacks had taken place every individual already had their own way of grieving through this time and loss. No one could remain tied to themselves and their own emotions. We cried for our lost brothers and sisters together. As one nation, we would have to heal our wounds together. Unlike so many instances before where a tragedy would really only hurt a scarce number of people, this one touched every one of us in some way or another. In our darkest hour we shed our dignity and held close to each other, there was nothing else to do. We often become closer when we allow people to see our weaknesses, there was no sadder moment in our nations history than on September 11th. Through our tears though, we saw what could be, a world rid of terrorism, and able to live in peace with the constant threat of extremist groups throughout the world. There we stood, torn, and broken, but we picked up our broken hearts in the hope that tomorrow would be a better day, not just for ourselves, but for our children as well.September 11th will be my generations JFK assassination, or Pearl Harbor. It's what we'll talk to our grandchildren about, and will remain with us always. Never before had so many kids my age have something to cling to together, something to grasp, and cry about as one. In the days proceeding September 11, we all felt hurt, scared, and vulnerable. These emotions didn't end with age boundaries though. They spread through our age gaps, and across social lines. A tragedy of this magnitude hadn't occurred since Pearl Harbor, this was something entirely new to most of the country. Some released this unknowing anger, and ignorance through continued bombings of mosques, and Islamic places of worship throughout the country. Others came together for prayer and forgiveness, and above all to pray for a better tomorrow and more peaceful today.The Terror of things that we aren't used to have always been around. They are foreign and unfamiliar. One way to deal with this horrible...

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