Eight years ago, I remember walking into my dorm at Snow College and seeing a whole passel of girls sitting in the foyer with the TV on. I was coming from my 7:30 class, and I thought, what's going on? No one watches TV at this time of day. When I got to the door to my apartment, there was a note on the white board from my friend Leah, who lived down the hall. "Ellie, turn on the TV" immediately, I thought, which channel? But I turned on the TV, and it didn't really matter which channel it was on, a plane had flown into the World Trade center. Right then, I saw the other plane hit the other tower. I stood there, in shock, watching and waiting for a little while. Then, I changed out of my PE clothes and walked to my Music Theory class. We didn't have any homework that day, and a couple of teachers canceled class for the rest of the week. One thing I remember is how it brought our country together. We were one nation. under God. Now, thinking that it has only been eight years, I wonder how quickly we have forgotten and started fighting with each other.
Well, in memory of the men and women who died in the buildings, on the planes, and in the process of saving lives, please take a moment of silence. In thanks to the U.S. Armed forces, please take another moment of silence. For the men and women who died, for the men and women who sacrifice the time with their families, and for the men and women who stay here and lay the groundwork so others can have a better chance at living.