“In the shadow of no towers” – A letter from an editor

Mia Zanzucchi

The Sept. 11 tribute at ground zero.
Photo: Eric Thayer, AP

This special edition of Colt Nation was made at the request of those in charge of the student council. However, there is one very important event in American history that can’t  go unaddressed.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, I went to kindergarten just like any normal day. I don’t remember what we did at school – probably colored, sang songs and learned our alphabet.

What I do remember is coming home that afternoon and seeing the second plane crash into the second World Trade Center. My 5-year-old mind couldn’t comprehend why that one clip was playing on a loop like that. Why was this so important? Clearly it was out of some thriller movie. The effects were pretty good, but that movie looked scary and I didn’t think I wanted to see it…

Except it wasn’t a movie. Life as Americans knew it was over. Our sense of security had vanished. Even at 5, I knew the country would never be the same.

My weeks after 9/11 can be remembered in a jumble of events never repeated before or since: “God Bless the USA” was sang almost on a loop in music class, we had an assembly and a special mass at my Catholic school, we prayed more. And above all else, the phrase “Never forget” became synonymous with the date Sept.11.

As I got older, more details emerged, either because the puzzle was just starting to get pieced together, or because I was finally old enough to digest the concept of foreign terrorists killing thousands of innocent men, woman and even children.

But in getting older, 9/11 seemed to slip through the cracks. Yes, Discovery still shows the honorary documentaries every year, yes there are Facebook groups, and yes, there are still candle light vigils and memorial services, but how genuine are these actions? What percent is out of obligation and not remembrance?

This isn’t some bald eagle, ‘Murica meme in written form. But it seems like Sept. 11 is slipping form the minds and hearts of our country.

I remember having assemblies when I was younger. I remember taking a day out of our regular curriculum to reflect on that day. But I don’t remember anything of significance regarding 9/11 last year.

Was September 11 something we as Americans, raised to believe our country was build on greatness and still holds true to that glorious standard, choose to repress? Are we too busy worrying that the so-called “Truthers” are right and that 9/11 was a government conspiracy? Do we feel unaffected since we live in Kentucky and not New York City? Do we even care anymore? Or are we simply getting lazy?

Just take a moment – it doesn’t even have to be on September 11 – to remember the lost and those who lost on that day.


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