It's already mid-September, which always makes me remember cool fall days
spent baking pumpkin pies and watching gridiron football. It also makes me
remember the fateful day 12 years ago when the world changed one
I'm sure most people over the age of 20 or so can probably remember exactly
where they were when they heard about the attack on September
I was in my third year at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville,
Missouri and was living on campus in sorority housing. I remember waking up
and turning on the news. The first plane had hit the North Tower of the
World Trade Center. I watched as the second plane flew directly into the
South Tower. News of the other two hijacked planes followed shortly.
That day the campus was chaos. Students were frightened - worried about
what might be coming next. It seemed that everyone knew someone in NYC or
someone directly affected by the attacks. The school's administration along
with student government officers decided to hold a ceremony that evening at
the bell tower - the central point of the campus. As Student Body Vice
President, I was asked to speak to the student body. I contemplated all day
about what I should say to the thousands of students who were looking for
answers and reassurance. What I said that day, I still truly believe.
"That the US is resilient. That we are a people of many nationalities,
cultures, races and languages but with one common ideology - an ideology
that cannot be hindered by bombs or bullets, by fear or threats, but
instead will grow stronger in reaction to these attacks."
And now, 12 years on, I truly believe this is still the case. I feel so
much patriotism on and around September 11. I hope that you had an
opportunity this week to recall your own September 11 experience and the
experiences of others you know and that the spirit of patriotism kindled
inside of you as well.
Just a reminder of some of the upcoming AWA events over the next couple of
weeks - the PALS are having a Spring Soiree Fashion Show and Cocktail event
on 18 September. On 19 September is the Dinner Group and a morning coffee
is scheduled for 20 September. On 24 September the literary lunch group is
meeting and Moms 'n Tots has an event scheduled for 27 September. Please
see the AWA Calendar on our Website for further information about all of
these upcoming events.
Hope to see you at an AWA event soon!