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There are certain events in our lives that leave a permanent mark. September 11th, 2001 was one such event for many Americans. Senseless violence touched the fabric of these United States creating ripples that were far reaching. It left a scar that will forever remain as a reminder of the tragedy that happened that day.
For an entire generation it is our President Kennedy moment.
Growing up, I can recall hearing my parents and grandparents talking about where they were and what they were doing when President Kennedy was shot. It was an event that was so etched in their memories that those details are still clear over fifty years later. Hearing them talk about that day made an impact on me. It was the emotion with which they spoke about that tragedy I remember the most.
I hear that same emotion in the voices of people speaking about that terrible day fourteen years ago. There is now a definitive line that marks the before and after; a precise moment in time when so much changed.
I remember sitting in the living room of my apartment listening to the local radio station as they gave a play by play of events, while outside my window armed soldiers and military transports blocked the entrance to the Sea Bee base. I didn’t have television at the time, so the radio was my only source of information. It wasn’t until much later that night before I actually saw the footage for the first time. It was so much worse than what I had envisioned. Even then it was like my mind refused to believe what was happening.
In the days following the attack I watched as a nation set aside prejudices and worked together. There was no skin color, religious differences, no sexual orientation, there were only Americans. Instead of letting it destroy us, we banded together and we showed the world what it meant to a citizen of these United States of America. Through tragedy, we persevered.
It was a dark time, but in that darkness shined some very bright lights. Some of those lights were lost that day, and the days following. Brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice while trying to save complete strangers. Heroes were born and died that day.
While I don’t think I will ever be able to think about September 11th without sadness in my heart, I try, each year, to remember the good things that came from that tragedy.
Where were you September 11th, 2001?
Lynley was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. She published her first book in September of 2012 and hasn’t looked back. When not writing she can found reading or coming up with creative ways to avoid housework. While Lynley Wayne may be a pen name, the woman behind it is very real and believes everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness. She looks forward to the day when who, or how, we love is no longer an issue.
About Lynley Wayne
Lynley was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. She published her first book in September of 2012 and hasn’t looked back. When not writing she can found reading or coming up with creative ways to avoid housework. While Lynley Wayne may be a pen name, the woman behind it is very real and believes everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness. She looks forward to the day when who or how we love is no longer an issue.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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