Almost ten years ago, far away from the halls of Montgomery College, I was a twenty six year old college dropout. With no plans for the immediate future other than making it big with a rock and roll band, I really had no interest in the news or the world's affairs for that matter. On September 11, 2001 all of that changed. As I put on the television that fateful morning, the north tower of the World Trade Center was ablaze. Within seconds, I watched the second plane hit the south tower. Aghast, I leaned forward on my couch to see if what I was actually seeing was real.
On the way in to work I continually peeked out my car window, checking the blue sky above for planes. A report on the radio told of another plane hitting the Pentagon. I didn't stay at work long and nothing really hit home until day's end. I thought to myself how Manhattan's skyline will never be the same and the emptiness left from the rubble and ash will serve as an everyday reminder of loved one's past in New York, the district, and Pennsylvania. What a horrendous day.
And here we are in 2011. Less than two hours ago President Obama announced to the world that Bin Laden has been killed. What a glorious end to my weekend. My thoughts are with the families of 9/11 victims and with our armed forces across the globe. Our resiliency is what makes us great. This moment in time will be remembered forever.
Good night, good luck, and god bless the United States of America.