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Michiana 9-12 Remembers 9/11

On September 13, 2012, in News, by jroberts

September 11th really caught me by surprise this year. I knew it was coming up. I knew they would be showing footage of the tragic events of that day in a constant loop on cable-news channels. I knew the talk-radio hosts would all be playing audio of police and fire department dispatchers desperately calling out to their brothers & sisters who were suddenly no longer on the other end of the radio. I knew it was coming, but when it finally arrived I simply wasn’t ready for how it would affect me.

As I listened to the radio with my headphones at work, I found myself holding back the tears, hoping my co-workers wouldn’t see. My stomach was in knots and I had to get up and leave the room. Why was it suddenly so emotionally powerful all over again? Why this year?

The conclusion I came to was this. I forgot and I was ashamed. No, I hadn’t forgotten it completely, but I had been taking it for granted for several years now. I hadn’t been taking the time to reflect on what happened, and how it changed us for the better and for worse. I felt terrible. But it was that moment, when I felt the worst, that a fresh wind of real hope blew into my sails. Tomorrow is 9-12!

September 12 was the day we realized that we had been asleep. It was the day we woke up and decided to be different. The day when we really, sincerely, honestly and truly didn’t care about politics, or the President, or race, or class, we just cared about each other and our country. I don’t know where you were, but I remember where I was. I was at a prayer service, not in a church, but outside, in public, on city property!! The presence of God and the sense of unity and togetherness was so real you could feel it. We felt like we could take on the entire world if we needed to!

So don’t take 9-12 for granted either. Take time to reflect on what happened when our movement started, and how it changed us all for the better. We surround them! Remember all the tea parties and the 9-12 March on Washington. Think about all you’ve learned!! Let it fuel and inspire you to get involved this fall and help us restore our country, our constitution, and the American way of life.

Peace to you.
Rich Trowbridge
Assistant Organizer
“We The People” Michiana 9-12

 

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