September 11, 2011 – My Reflections & Shares

Ten years ago, I was just about a week an a half into 8th grade.

Ten years ago, I was just starting my school day, and Phy Ed was my first period class.

Ten years ago, school wasn’t canceled, but two classes dropped the day’s work so we could watch TV and see what was going on.

Ten years ago, I was a child that has no idea what any of this meant.

Ten years ago, I was big into Poke’mon.

These are just some thoughts about where I was 10 years ago today, when the attacks happened. I hadn’t really hit puberty, and wasn’t even close to having enough maturity to think like an adult about it. I didn’t even know I was gay at that point. But here I am, 10 years later and a far cry from who and where I was back then.

Looking back, September 11, 2001 was the last time I saw this nation united together. It was the last time I saw people forget their differences and work together for the greater good. Social Media was non-existent, so you couldn’t make a post on Facebook or tweet, or tumblog about it. So many things have changed and evolved since then. I certainly didn’t have a blog back then otherwise I’d give a link to it here.

I have seen that some of the far left want us to pass this day over – in respect for those who have lost a loved one on this day. I can respect that idea, but I also think this is the only day where liberal and conservatives can stop the war at home that I feel we’ve been having over the past few years. I’m still proud to honor those who sacrificed today.

I would like to take a moment to share some of the big news items that I’ve been seeing about today. Many of them are social media related, so hopefully at least one of them will give you some hope/redemption/enjoyment/solace whichever you find appropriate.

NBC’s Twitter Account Was Hacked in RE to 9/11.

3 Ways to Commemorate 9/11 By Giving Back Online.

How Digital Technology is Telling the Story of 9/11.

9/11 World Trade Center App.

Stumbleupon Remembers 9/11.

Personally the one that captured me the most was the NBC story, but I’m also a twitter nerd that way. How about you? What are your 9/11 stories?

Respectfully Submitted,

Lukas Condie

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2 Replies to “September 11, 2011 – My Reflections & Shares”

  1. I understand where you are coming from, my kids were 4 and 7 months at the time. Every year, i teach them the history of the event. Because they weren’t old enough to remember. And they need to remember. If we forget the past we are doomed to repeat it. (Or allow it to be repeated)

    Just remember, you lived through history, and sometimes, it can take 10 years (or longer) to process it. Future 8th graders will LEARN about what you lived through.

    Knowing you as i do, you will teach peace, for you especially know that there is no reason for senseless violence. In my small part i do the same with my kids, and anyone who i deal with in life.

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