Its kind of hard to remember what that day was like eight years ago. I was too young to really understand what was going on. I saw the towers collapse on tv, but I had seen much more exciting things in the movies. Later I understood the gravity of that moment. That those were real people who jumped out of the towers because falling one hundred stories was better than facing the fires and the heat.
On September 11th, 2001 America was awoke to find that she was not invulnerable, that the mighty oceans that had kept us safe and isolated from world terror had shrunk. We learned that we had enemies who didn't just want to see our military and government defeated, but who wanted the complete annihilation of our people and way of life. We also learned how strong we could be. In the finest of American traditions many of us dropped what we were doing to go find the fire and to fight it. Many people volunteered their time and their money to help clean up the sight of the twin towers and to look for survivors. Many more decided that their country needed them and joined the armed forces.
Now, eight years later, we have made some pretty great strides to eliminating terror world wide. We haven't suffered another domestic attack since that day, and have liberated a nation that was formerly a safe haven for many terrorist groups. Our military has performed admirably in adverse conditions. They've done their job so well that Americans feel safe again. The political talk is all about health care and other domestic issues, we don't feel threatened anymore. Good job guys.
There remains much to do though, things we should have done a long time ago. We know that several of the hijackers were in the country on expired visas, yet we've not done much to prevent immigrants from staying here illegally. We've done more to secure our border with Canada than with Mexico. We cannot expect to remain safer forever if we do not secure our borders. We need to end illegal immigration.
That is not to say we need to end immigration. America is a nation of immigrants, and that is one of our great strengths. Immigration is a good thing, but it needs to be done legally. Illegal immigration is a dangerous thing, and we've not done much to prevent it.
Things have definitely improved over the last eight years. Let us never forget the events of that dark day eight years ago, and let us learn from the events of that day.
God Bless America!