Online Instructor Takes Time to Remember September 11

My name is Kristen Boomer, and I am currently an online instructor in the English Department for InnovatED students. I am writing as a mere representative for my own personal hero. My dad, Joseph Dittmar, Sr., survived the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th, making it from the 105th floor of the South Tower to safety just in time . Although Joe travels the country reminding them to “never forget” those who were lost on September 11th, I want to take a moment to also remember the lives that were saved by the bravery of men and women in uniform as well as their own personal drive for survival.

We are thousands of miles from the World Trade Center complex, but I am proof that we are all connected to this event. This is the first truly traumatic event for my own generation, and in a media-centered society, this was the first time that an attack could be seen live as it occurred. As a nation we suffered a huge loss that day, not only of lives, but of a sense of security as the United States. Whether one was in Columbus, Philadelphia, or Phoenix, his life was compromised on September 11th, and only the strength of the national community could keep the fragile balance of life in check.

Since then, we have all gone back to our day to day lives as we were instructed to by our national leaders. However, in the next few weeks, let us take a moment to not only reflect on those lost, but of those that survived the events of September 11th, creating a model of perseverance and determination for the entire nation as a whole. I would like to take a moment to keep the voices of the 3,000 lost that day talking, to keep their spirits soaring and to never, never let it be felt that their lives, so shamelessly and brutally taken, should have been lost in vain. We are all a part of this day, and we will never forget.

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~ by pinnaclepov2224 on September 11, 2009.

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