OPINION

Remembering what happened 12 years ago

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @dvillechief

I remember sitting in my sixth grade science class early one morning when my principal opened the door and asked for my teacher to step outside for a quick word. As soon as my teacher, Mrs. Pegues, stepped out we all started talking, glad to have a moment of freedom.

When Mrs. Pegues came back in she said calmly, guys America has just been attacked in New York. She paused. Then she said to settle down in case we have instructions to follow.

I remember thinking, America has been attacked? No way. A few moments later, the school secretary got on the intercom and said teachers you may turn your TVs on if you’d like. Mrs. Pegues did.

That’s when I saw America being attacked on September 11, 2001 as the World Trade Centers were on fire and thousands of people running in panic. A few moments later we learned the Pentagon had been attacked and that’s when it hit me. I remember thinking, my uncle works in the Pentagon. Then I became frightened just as those thousands who were fleeing the tumbling walls in New York and in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday marked 12 years since the attacks on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon, and it will be a day we shall never forget in America.

After I got home from school after what felt like the longest day of my life, my mom and had already confirmed that my uncle was okay and made it out of the Pentagon safely.

Even after knowing, my uncle was safe I still felt uneasy about the safety of our country. I felt like the U.S. had become vulnerable. But then, we came together with “God Bless America” as the theme to get our country back in order. And the U.S. did just that.

We came together honoring those who went in and did what they could to rescue others out of the buildings, even if it meant losing their own lives. Their works will forever go unforgotten.

On Monday, the Donaldsonville Fire Department and CF Industries partnered to honor Ronald “Rocky” Morris who was killed in the CF incident during the summer and Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning reminded us all of the importance of firefighters and others who work in public service.

Browning said, Morris was a hero and just like those who served on the Sept. 11 attacks, he will not go forgotten in this community as America will never forget what happened 12 years ago.

Morris may have lost his life, and we did lose thousands of lives in the World Trade Center attacks, but those lives and legacies remain here and we honor them for that. We lost a lot but, they saved more. With their sacrifices we’re able to still be the community we are, the country we are and are able to enjoy the freedoms that come with it.

Blessings