It’s natural to reflect on how we feel about 9/11
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as the crash of United Airlines Flight 93.
The annual ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and the yearly “Tribute in Light” will remind us all of that fateful day when almost 3,000 people lost their lives.
It’s natural to reflect on how we feel about this pivotal event in our history. The emotions and sentiments associated with 9/11 have evolved over the years, but they continue to play a significant role in our collective consciousness.
The anniversary serves as a solemn reminder of the lives lost and the heroism displayed by first responders and ordinary citizens. The emotions tied to remembering them might include sadness, grief, and a deep sense of loss, especially for those who lost loved ones on that fateful day.
Over the past two decades, 9/11 has also come to symbolise resilience. The way the United States and the world responded to the attacks, rebuilding and strengthening security measures, demonstrates our ability to persevere in the face of adversity. Many people feel a sense of pride in the resilience shown by survivors, the affected communities, and the entire country.
9/11 had a profound impact on the collective psyche, leading to increased anxiety about terrorism and security. While the immediate fear has subsided, the events of that day still contribute to a sense of unease, particularly during times of heightened tension or when new threats emerge.
In the aftermath of the attacks, there was a notable sense of national unity and patriotism. People came together across political, racial, and cultural divides to support one another. Some still carry the hope that this spirit of unity can be rekindled in times of crisis.
22 years on, 9/11 remains a complex and multifaceted topic that evokes a range of emotions and sentiments. While the immediacy of the tragedy has faded, its impact on our society, our policies, and our collective memory continues to shape our thoughts and feelings about the world we live in.
Remembering 9/11 is a day to reflect, and honour the lives affected by the events of that fateful day. If it’s stirred up unexpected emotions, please do feel free to share them with us without fear of judgement.