Yesterday marked the 12th anniversary of the attacks that took place on September 11th. As I read and viewed the media coverage on this day I found that many Americans were concerned with remembering the day. News article like “Remembering 9/11: A warriors unexpected gift to America” focused on Kimeli Naiyomah, a member of a Masai tribe. This Kenyan man now turned a Stanford student was so distraught from the attacks that happened to America on September 11th that he wanted to find a way to pay tribute. This student decided to give America one of his tribe’s most precious gifts from his country, a cow. Kimeli ended up being able to offer 14 cows to America as his peace gesture. In return for this offering the then U.S. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger traveled to Kenya and gave 14 boys from Kimeli’s tribe scholarships to go to school.
Throughout the day I saw a sense of union amongst Americans as they paid homage to fallen rescuers and people who died due these attacks, even seeing several videos of people having moments of silence. I also saw a candle light visual in New York, where the people there recited almost 3,000 names of the people who died when the high jacked jets that hit the twin towers, the Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania.
American’s are coping with what happened to this great nation and are even more patriotic because of these attacks. I read an article were all a lady could do was pour a glass of whiskey and raise it to the people who were lost to these attacks. Americans value this country even more knowing that they are able to survive such an attack and come back even stronger.
Around the world countries paid their respects as well. Thousands of volunteers pledged to do good on this day. They have also made September 11th a National day of service and remembrance of what took place in 2009.
For me yesterday was day of unity and peace. I felt a sense of sadness but still strong throughout the day. I know that Americans were able to love each other just a little bit more as they went throughout the day. My social media feeds were filled with flags, pictures and quotes of patriotism. I think everyone took some time out of their day yesterday to pay their respects in their own way. I saw that people were able to find peace with what happened and continue to move forward. To be an American now after these attacks you are so much more prideful knowing just how strong the nation you support and love has come to be.
Some of the articles I read can be found at: