Today is the 10 year anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the United States. Correction, attacks on the world.
I could minutely remember where I was and slightly what I was doing. I was in my 7th grade French class and we were interrupted by the news. After that day, I got home and spent the rest of the day glued to the television set, and back then we probably still had only antenna, and watched the rest of the attacks and the aftermath unfold as it happened.
It was not only an attack to the United States. It was not only an attack to the world then. It was an attack to the future. The future was gravely affected by that day. It forever changed how aviation ‘business’, especially in the airline side, was conducted. It created fear to people that is now almost impossible to reverse. It started and fuelled wars. The 9/11 attacks did not only murder those that were directly affected that day. But so much more. By consequences, the people whose lives were short ended that day could have done many a great things on earth, or their progeny. To save a life is to save the world. The events that unfolded because of those attacks have affected even more lives.
Up to this day, I am sure that you can remember where you were when you have heard, watched, or listened about the attacks. 10 years ago, I never really understood the consequences what this simple yet devastating event has caused. Now, being a pilot, and having seen what it has done the past 10 years, and what it will continue to do, I have a better and fuller understanding of the significance of these events. And as a pilot and human being, I am forever affected, however indirectly, of these attacks and I can only wish to live my life in honour, as duly deserved, to the others affected by it, and the brave heroes that have risen from the ashes since that day. We will not forget.
I wish that we could make another life-lasting event that the world could share together. This time, lets make it a good memory.