Some argue that time heals all wounds. I beg to differ. Two years or 20, Sept. 11, 2001, will always intensify my undying respect for America’s heroes. The death of my father on that fateful day has inspired me to do great things with my life. It is one of the reasons I chose to attend AU - so I can help others, the way he helped people escape the fiery stairwells via the surveillance cameras from the basement of Tower One.
My dream is to one day create an organization for underprivileged children to have the opportunity to go on vacation. I want to be an inspiration and a pillar of strength to someone, the way so many others were to me after the Sept. 11 attacks.
The first-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was understandably magnified, with special reports of the events on television, radio and the newspaper.
Two years later, many Americans have grown accustomed to the attack on our soil. A significantly smaller number of remembrance ceremonies have been scheduled in New York City, such as the reading of perished family members’ names by their children, and AU is calling for a day of service to help others in need. Also, a design for a World Trade Center memorial was put into play months ago. Although the second anniversary will be revered, it is my opinion that it will never be paid homage on such a grand scale as last year.
Time does not heal any wounds. It only allows us to become comfortable with the past.