Sept. 11 will always be a day that Americans never forget. It taught us valuable lessons.
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It showed that, America too, was vulnerable to attacks. Paralyzing disbelief, fear and panic swept across the country as word spread that the country had been attacked. That day changed our nation’s history forever. However, it brought our country together in a time of need to help those who had been forever affected.
The events of Sept. 11 affected many people in different ways. Thousands of families and friends had to learn how to live without loved ones, and those who didn’t lose loved ones, felt the pain and anguish of those who did.
On Sept. 11, 2001, The Temple News reported that, “America will never be the same,” and for many good reasons this still holds true. As our country reflects on the tragic events that unfolded, many will remember how our country pulled together unselfishly in an extreme time of need. Service men and women and citizens showed their heroism and stopped at nothing to save as many people as they could that day. It all started with volunteerism.
In honor of Sept. 11, lend a hand in a volunteer effort. There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the Philadelphia region. What all of this accomplishes is unity and shows us that we are all one. When people come together, the results can be prove to be very rewarding, just as they were in the aftermath of Sept.11.
Unfortunately, discrimination against Muslim Americans followed. It is also equally important to learn tolerance from Sept. 11. Take the time to really reflect on what you have done to be tolerant of other’s views, whether it is political, religious or cultural. Take advantage of Temple’s diverse courses and take a class that you normally wouldn’t to learn about a religion or culture other than your own.
Volunteerism and tolerance give birth to unity. After all, we are The United States of America. Terrorism will persist, but it can’t consume our lives with fear. At best, we can promote tolerance, volunteerism and unity. America has changed, but for the better.