September 11th, 2001 is a day that changed all of us. There are not too many events in my lifetime that I can say I remember where I was and what I was doing. Actually, I think the Challenger Space Shuttle tragedy and 9/11 are the only dates that I can say that about. For my generation, this is the day that we grew up. Politics and the military became something to think about. Friends and family joined the military and went to war. Tim and I became interested in our leaders and the direction of our great nation. We learned that we must be involved and use our voice.
Tim and I went to Manhattan in March 2002. We visited Ground Zero. For a city that’s so fast paced and loud, the mood changed as you got closer to Ground Zero. People were quiet and reflecting on what had occurred there. There were messages to family and friends that were lost all over the place. There were very little words because if you spoke, the tears would flow. While in New York, I saw patriotism everywhere. The Empire State building lit the sky with red, white and blue and American flags were flying. I’m proud of the way that we came together on September 11th. I’m proud of our military, our leaders and all of the heroes that we had on that day and the days that followed. And most of all, I’m proud to be an American!