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by Ron Cruger
9/11 Memories
          The preserved wrath and fearful remnants of our national shock of 9/11 are still rattling around in our collective consciousness. We are still going to work, earning a living, relaxing on weekends, watching football games on television and celebrating our birthdays. But vibrating there in the corner of our minds are the retained pictures and sounds of those attacks on our homeland a decade ago.
          To those of us old enough to remember the dramatic and angry feelings connected with the evil that struck New York City, the Pentagon and American Airlines flight 93 we still recall exactly where we were when we first saw and heard the horrors of that day in September.
          The fears and emotions of those attacks a decade ago still pervade our daily routines. Parents stay in closer contact with their children - more than ever before in history. Cell phones are carried by children and parents just in case there might be another national emergency. Lovers and friends, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, partners and associates all keep in steady contact with each other. And the motivation behind the increase in communication is that nagging fear that the terrorists might strike again.
          We remember the disbelief as we watched the fall of the Twin Towers, the crash into the Pentagon and the smashing of Flight 93 into the ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We heard the voices of many of the victims as they spoke on their cell phones – in some cases only seconds or minutes from their demise.
          From that historic day in September there was an unspoken dedication that loved ones would not stray too far or be out of contact. And so we are a nation steadily in contact with each other. It may not be a conscious action, but beneath the every day minutiae of our daily chores lays the possibility that another attack could happen and if so our contact with those we care about will be only a cell phone call away. Our national psyche has changed. Another attack on our homeland is possible. Our confidence has been shaken. “Fortress America” has been made vulnerable by a group of people to whom the difference between life and death is negligible.
          And with each passing day the communication between loved ones continues to a remarkable degree. It has been proven that “Fortress America” can be attacked successfully. With that thought children will not be allowed further away than the reach of their cell phone. To mothers and fathers the possibility of having an attack and have them out of contact with a son or a daughter would be inexcusable.
          From morning to night loved ones are constantly in contact with each other.
          The possibility of another assault on our Homeland is real and with that reality comes the rampant fear in families that an attack would separate husbands and wives and their children. Brothers and sisters might be miles apart.
                   That astonishing, surreal day in September, 2001 when the Twin Towers burned and collapsed, when American Airlines flight 77 smashed into the Pentagon and United Flight 93 fell to the ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania brought an awareness to Americans that it could happen again – and the safest thing that could be done in the event of another attack would be to stay in close contact with their loved ones.
          And all across this great land more people than ever before stay connected, just in case…
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