How do you feel one year after the terrorist attacks?
Today marks one year since the September 11th tragedy. How do you feel about the attacks one year later? How do you feel about the way they changed America? Are you still trying to cope, or have you come to terms with what happened?
Lisa in Quincy..You are obviously taken your anger out on the wrong subject. See a Shrink.
I feel bad for Theresa of Reading if she thinks money could ever make these families get on with their lives. I feel as devastated today as I did last year. It was just such a tragedy that we will never get over.
I feel upset and hate but that is what they want us to feel... I believe that yes we are brave but we are never going to forget this... But we will surpass this and we will look back to all the heroes we had this day..
wendy, everett, washington
I'm still angry. The attacks shattered my idea that this sort of thing cannot happen on US soil. My heart goes out to everyone who lost a loved one. However, I'm also angry that this tragedy has been turned into a political opportunity. We're being forced to give up freedoms in the name of security, but what will there be to secure if we have nothing left of the ideals this country was founded upon?
I believe that the lesson learned from the 9/11 events is that we are never shielded from evil, but can live our lives in spite of it. It is our obligation to the victims who lost their lives to go on living ours, so that they may be vindicated by our use of the freedom so many others died protecting in the wars of the 1900s.
I didn't think I would be as effected as I was. When the time came near for the moment that marked when the first plane hit, I could not hold back the tears. In the moment of silence I thought how daily people who have lost a loved one must feel this way most every day. I remembered last year how touched I was when countries from all over the world sent their messages of comfort and agreement that terrorism like this must be stopped and at that time I felt like there was starting to be a feeling of world unity like never before. A year later I wonder…
Stephanie St. Germain, Littleton
I was in NYC during the attacks and am still here now during the one year anniversary finishing up graduate school. I feel uncomfortable, although I was born and bred in Boston, I'm half Indian and constantly feel afraid of the Bush administration and constantly have an underlying fear of being taken away in the middle of the night. As soon as the WTC was attacked, our constitution was attacked by the Bushies, resulting in the Patriot act, something which is anything but. I had quite a few friends who worked in the WTC and luckily they all managed to survive, but some of them are Indian and not only do they have to live with the fact that most of the people they worked with every day are gone, they also have to deal with things like no one wanting to sit next to them on the subway. How screwed up is that?
I am still angry about the attacks on our country's home soil and on so many innocent victims, and I continue to fear further attacks. I think the attacks have brought America together in a new show of patriotism unseen since WWII, and I am glad to see increases in national security, but I still think we could be doing more on the local level to improve security.
Cynthia Clark, Boston
I pray for the families of those who perished and think of how their familes have been affected in the past year. I think of the public service employees, fire, police, public works and volunteers who gave their lives or theie time to help in the aftermath of this senseless act by cowards! Today I thank god for sending my son home from the middle east where he has been with his Marine unit for the past 6 months in Operation Enduring Freedom. Let us all pray for our military and civilian personnel and allies defending our freedom every day. God bless them all. Lastly, think of our families, love them, enjoy them, and our neighbors, fellow employees, and friends. We are Americans, stand proud, respect what our elders have done for FREEDOM in the past and what our youth will do for us in the future, but what WE ALL MUST DO FOR OUR COUNTRY NOW! Participate in your community,State, and Federal elections and never be afraid to voice your opinion. This day will always be sad to us, but let us move on for the rest of our generations and set a path for the babies to follow in their future in a hopefully safe world. GOD BLESS AMERICANS!!!!!!!!
Thomas Firth, Methuen, Mass
I don't believe it's changed much of anything, other than strengthening the resolve of the American people to battle the terrorists in any way, shape or form. And I further believe that no one will sit quietly on a plane or anything else during a hijacking anymore either.