Fifteen Years

It is hard to believe that it has been 15 years since America was attacked. There is no question it was a horrible event, an event that will remain in the minds of all of us who were of an age of consciousness at the time.

It is difficult to accept that 2997 people died that day. Two thousand, nine hundred, ninety-seven – that is a huge number.

Of all those people, there were fathers, brothers, mothers and sisters. Many were cousins, wives, and husbands. There were children, nieces, and nephews. There was at least one unborn child. And all of them had at least one thing in common – they were all loved by their families.

On the ninth anniversary of the attack, I wrote about my experience of learning what had happened. You can read it here. It was one of those events that as I said, will always remain in my mind.

One thing my mind cannot grasp is the why. Why would anyone do this? How could people hate so much as to kill almost 3000 innocents?

The events of this day 15 years ago illuminated the worst of humankind and at the same time, the very best. At Ground Zero, mere civilians came together to help one another and high at altitude on board a United Airlines flight, citizens who didn’t know each other came together and decided they were not going to allow hijackers to fly their airplane into a target. They would die first and they sacrificed their lives to make that happen.

We live in an unsafe world, no matter what you want to or wish to believe. There are those who understand this and remain vigilant. They remain alert, always watchful. Then there are those who are so busy living their lives, they cannot keep watch. Finally, there is a group of people who bury their heads in the sands.

Think about it and at least be aware of everything going on around your family and yourself. Be ever watchful.


©2016 J. Clark

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2 Responses to Fifteen Years

  1. Matthew Batts says:

    We sleep peacefully at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf. I wonder what is being taught in schools tomorrow and if these pictures are up where children can see understand what happened. Sometimes I worry there is a part of the country that likes to pretend things like this never happened and that there isn’t evil in the world.

    • Joe Clark says:


      How are you? I have to agree completely with your comment. I am concerned with secondary school curriculum these days. I don’t believe history is truly being taught anymore…

      Stay safe,

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