The 9/11 terrorist attacks left our nation in shock. The horrific reality of such a tragic event on American soil shook our nation at its core. Americans pulled together to begin the healing process and vowed to prevent something of this nature from happening again. A key step toward recovery is the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, now called One World Trade Center, or simply known as 1 WTC and previously called the Freedom Tower.
President Obama visited the construction site for 1 WTC. CNN reports, “Presidentvisited the New York tower Thursday to get an update on its growth and help prepare one of the finishing touches. “It looks beautiful," the president said to first lady as they stood at a window on the 22nd floor and looked down on the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum being built below.”
The purpose of the president’s trip was to get an update on the progress of the project as well as sign the final beam in the construction project. When the president signed the beam, his message was: “We remember, we rebuild, we come back stronger –Barack Obama."
During a time when the United States seems to be at odds at every turn in the political arena, it is important to remember this tragedy. It seems that sometimes it is easy to forget the unity and allow the fighting to consume the focus in moving toward the future. That future, however, has forever been changed. We are no longer a nation with the sense of security we once had. We know the horror of American blood spilled on American soil. We understand that we are not immune to terrorism. It is important to remember this and to feel the bond that united the nation during this time of crisis.
As we continually move forward and the healing process continues, each and every one of us should pause for one moment. Allow one moment to remember how it felt to stand together in unity, to stand shoulder to shoulder, to face a tragedy that we must never forget. This memory should be what drives us forward to a new and bright future. This sense of unity should be pulling our politicians together with one simple goal- remain united as a nation.
Unfortunately that is simply not the case. Politicians are battling it out with one another and it appears they are losing this focus. This is a nation built on the hopes and dreams of individuals who strive for a better tomorrow. Each citizen has an obligation to help guide our leaders back to the place that allows us to work together instead of fighting. The leadership of this grand nation needs to be reminded who put them in their positions and what their objectives need to be. Once the leadership begins working together, our nation can complete the final stages of the grieving process for those lives lost on 9/11.
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