Post 9/11 Thoughts on Patriots’ Day (for a 7th-grade class)

Burnie ThompsonUncategorized

An early morning phone call on Sept. 11, 2001, changed our lives forever.

“Did you hear what happened?” We turned on the TV to see airline planes exploding into the Twin Towers in New York City.

Fire. Chaos. Terror.

Then the buildings collapsed right in front of our eyes. Thousands of Americans perished. We were horrified and scared.

Could Los Angeles be next? We were only about 30 miles away. And I had to go to work that day.

When I drove to pump gas for my car, I noticed that everyone was looking at each other with a knowing look. We were all worried. Together. Whites, Hispanics, Blacks – we felt connected.

It was us against them.

On my way to LA, I cut somebody off on a 6-lane freeway. Instead of road rage, the driver smiled and acknowledged that it was OK.

Clearly things were worse on the East Coast.

Congress convened to show unity – Democrats and Republicans held hands. Americans promised each other that we would stand united against any threat to our great country.

Then several years went by. Laws had been enacted, and politics prevailed.

And now – 14 years later – that terrible day is used by politicians to make government twice as big as it was the first 214 years we were a country. Twice as big in 14 years than it was the first 214 years!

Now Americans watch TV and see Americans fighting against each other, rather than standing together.

Patriots’ Day is a great day to learn what’s so great about America.

In America, we believe that our rights come from God.
In America, we know that the Constitution protects those rights.
In America, we know that the Declaration of Independence explains our rights.

Patriots’ Day is a great day to remember what made America great. It’s on every American coin. Whether it’s a quarter or a dime or a nickel or a penny:

“In God we trust”
“Liberty”
“E Pluribus Unum” (Latin for “Out of many … one”).

Patriotic Quote:
“Loyalty to country ALWAYS.” Loyalty to government when it deserves it.”
– Mark Twain