9/11 was one of the biggest tragedies to ever occur on U.S. soil. I'd never want to see another event like that happen again. However, I would love to go back to 9/12.

Everyone remembers where they were when the events of 9/11 took place. I was in my sixth grade classroom. We had another teacher come in and tell our teacher to turn on the TV. As a kid, I didn't quite comprehend what was going on. I knew that a lot of people had died, but I didn't understand how big of a deal that event was at the time. Looking back, we had lived through something that would change the world as we knew it.

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One thing that I do remember is the fear that everyone had after the towers fell. Everyone was wondering why, what's next, and who was responsible. We all were on the same page. We were afraid and we were pissed, but even with all of that, I miss the day after 9/11

Here's why...

There is so much hate and dispute among Americans today. You know what I am talking about, it's on the news every day. Whether it's someone kneeling for the flag, race, or someone's sexual orientation, it seems like everyone has a reason to be mad or dislike others. We are a divided nation.

How did we come to this point?

The day after 9/11, there was no black, white, gay, straight, religion, or politics. We were Americans. Everyone rushed out to buy a flag and display it proudly on their porch or vehicle. We all wanted to do something to help our fellow American. We mourned, we volunteered, and we came together. In my opinion, we were never stronger as a nation than on September 12, 2001.

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How do we get back to that day?

Surely it won't take another event like 9/11 to bring us together again. Why should we always come together during hard times? We need to learn to love each other once again. Accept that we may have a difference of opinion on things, but realize that we all are people. Just like Alan Jackson said in his song "Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning":

I know Jesus and I talk to God, and I remember this from when I was young faith, hope, and love are some good things He gave us, and the greatest is love.

I wish we could all learn to love each other again, like we did on 9/12. Hopefully one day soon, we can go back to being united, not divided. I know that I can't be the only one who longs for that day.


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