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article imageOp-Ed: 9/11 a day of tribute, and remembering the importance of living

By Andrew Ellis     Sep 11, 2013 in Lifestyle
Minneapolis - Like Pearl Harbor, it's a day that will live in infamy. Thousands were lost and countless families never even got a chance to say goodbye.
The important of all of this is that we remember those who were lost, but continue to live on.
I was 12 when it happened. I just gotten to school when I found out the news. Now, I wasn't the most aware of the world back then and for some reason I thought the World Trade Center was where the Chicago Bulls played. Also, when a friend told me that a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center I thought it was a small plane so it wasn't that big of a deal. Again, please excuse the mind of a 12 year-old.
The teachers mentioned it in class and assured us that we were all safe, but I still wasn't totally aware as to what was going on. I was more focused on passing my Spanish quiz than anything else.
When I got home coverage of the attacks were on the TV. That's all that was on. The gravity what had just happened to our country was finally starting to sink in the body count started rising.
When I got to school the next day I went to talked to my social studies teacher who was in the Navy reserves. I told him about a suggestion my brother's friend had that we should just blow up all of the caves in Afghanistan. He walked me over to a globe, and pointed out to me that if we did that we would literally have to blow up the whole country.
What he decided to do with the class would probably have the most effect on me during this tragic event – I just wouldn't realize it until later.
One day during that week he got up in front of the class and gave us two options. He told us that we could either go on with the scheduled unit or we could take another route. The other route was an entire unit on Afghanistan. We took the Afghanistan unit, but the thing is the course didn't consist of one – so he made one up. This unit wasn't just a day in class where we talked about Afghanistan. It came fully equipped with quizzes, readings, and a final test.
This affected me the most because it taught me the importance of knowledge, and why taking time to understand something foreign to us can be vital. Had we not done a unit on Afghanistan there's a chance I wouldn't have known that Islam is a peaceful religion, and that these were extremists who did not correctly represent the religion they chose to live by. The importance of understanding is even more vital today.
The best way, I think, we can honor the ones we lost is to just keep living. Get married, start a family, chase your dreams, laugh, dance, love. The list goes on and on. Yes, you've been knocked down, but that's only because you were playing catcher for your son and you forgot to wear a cup.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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