By Rob Stone

On the 12th year anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy, today is a day to remember & honor all of those who lost their lives that day. Never forget. Those are the two words most associated with the 9-11 tragedy and those attacks being the largest in history on our own soil, it would be impossible to forget. I remember every single thing that happened that day. From the time the first plane hit, to the time I went to bed at night. There is no other day in my entire life that I can say that for. I was in Mr. Carson’s Algebra class in 10th grade at Almont Jr/Sr High School when he turned on the TV and said something bad has happened. At first we thought it was an accident and even when the second plane hit, none of it seemed real. It was like we were all watching a movie. As the day went on you could see reality and fear setting in to everyone’s faces. Of course there were a few kids who didn’t understand the serious of the situation and were making jokes about it. I can remember two people in particular (I wont name names) that were laughing about it because they thought they’d be out of doing their senior stock project. I was disgusted by this, especially because my best friend was sitting next to me a nervous wreck. He had family in New York and no idea if they were alive or dead.

I went home that day and sat in front of the TV with my family and I’ll never forget the strange feeling in the air when we went outside. Everything was quiet. No planes in the sky and little traffic on our road that evening. We were all confused and speculating what would happen next. And even though what would happen next is still debatable with Americans, the fact of the matter is, we still have those brave men and women in uniform that continue to fight for our freedom. If it wasn’t for so many courageous people risking their lives, I wouldn’t be able to live the life I do and for that, I am forever grateful.

Why am I proud to be an American? Because as an American we’re taught to never back down, never stop fighting for what we believe in, and always remember that we’re born free and live in the greatest country in the world.

Why are you proud to be an American? Leave a comment below or call me tonight after 7pm at 313-298-1999. Never forget.


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