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10th Anniversary of September 11th:

Continuing to Clear the Rubble Ten Years Later

On September 11, 2011

As day breaks on the tenth anniversary of the day that shook America to its very core, a sense of remembrance and overwhelming sadness covers the entire country like a dark veil. We remember those who were lost, those who risked their lives for the welfare of their country and those who lost their faith in humanity. Here at the University of Bridgeport, the most prevalent reaction to this looming anniversary may be anger. Why did this happen? Why did so many suffer? What sense of human good do I have after such a cruel, vicious event in human history?

Although we may not be able to control our deep feelings of anger and confusion, we may have an advantage by shedding some light on the situation. As proud Americans, we have a right to be angry and saddened by the effects of such devastating terrorist attacks, yet we don't have to let our emotions separate and destroy us. The attacks of 9/11 planted a sense of paranoia and fear in the heart of every American [think about the now meticulous security procedures in airports], yet it also sprouted an undivided pride to be an American. How many flags did you see after the attacks transpired? How many patriotic bumper stickers, billboards, t-shirts did you pass?

The terrorist attacks of September 11th may have shaken us to the very core, but here we are ten years later celebrating what it means to be an American. We come together to mourn the loss of those who fought and those who suffered but we also gather to celebrate their lives and their connection to us as Americans. We will never forget what happened that day, but ten years later we can say that our faith in humanity is not lost. We are proud to be standing on American soil; our glass is half full.

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