Eleven Years Later

11 Sep

I choked up during the Pledge of Allegiance today.
I realized that these students were born in a world where it is possible for people to fly airplanes into buildings as an act of political terror. They were born into a a world where “terror” is a thing that can be done to you. They were born into a world at war.
While in AmeriCorps, each September 11 I participated in Patriots Day, National Day of Service. We turned the day into a day to make positive impact.
Last year, I was unemployed.
This year, I am surrounded by these 8 year olds, born three years after the world changed. We are in charge of the world they will live in. What kind of world will it be?

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