It is hard to believe that 13 years ago today, our country experienced a tragedy beyond any measure. I will never forget that day, or where I was, or how I felt. To this day, thinking about it gives me goosebumps and makes me ache inside for all the lives lost and their friends and family members.
I was a scrawny high school freshman with a home volleyball match that day. I remember being in 4th hour English Literature class, glued to the television as my classmates and I watched the horrific events unfold as if we were watching an action movie. It was surreal. It was so sad. It was downright awful. I remember praying for it to be a dream or a nightmare – instead it was real. It was no surprise to anyone, when school was dismissed for the day and all after-school activities were canceled, including my precious volleyball match. I didn’t feel like playing anyway.
As the 13th Anniversary of September 11th is upon us, we will never forget, we can never forget. To all those who lost their lives that day and in the days, months, years afterward fighting for our country, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Never forgotten.
Thursdays are a popular day for volleyball matches during the school year. As you stand on the court before our country’s flag with the sounds of our National Anthem filling your ears, press your hand over your heart and think about those who lost their lives on 9/11…even if you are too young to have experienced that historically tragic day.
Remember their families and friends.
Remember our soldiers.
Remember our country united.
Dedicate tonight’s volleyball match to them. And vow to never, ever, ever forget.