first medal of honor given to living soldier; remembering 9/11

As reported by the New York Times, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta of Iowa will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery in Afghanistan, in which he took a bullet to his chest and saved two men.

Sitting here and reading this article, so safe and sound in my college dorm, makes me shiver, that on this exact day, nine years ago, a catastrophe struck that has changed the psyche of the United States irrevocably, made us insecure, neurotic, and exposed our long hidden flaws.

A new generation is growing up without knowing what 9/11.  I had to explain to my brother and his fourth grade buddies what it was.  They were 2000 babies, and they were only one when this tragedy happened, and they have no idea.  They have not undergone the same feelings that this generation has felt for the past nine years as Americans.  This concept of ignorance on such an important event staggers.  I suppose, the human race is made for regeneration, and with that, forgetting.  In many ways, this is a good thing, not knowing sorrows and being able to stride forward.

But I don’t live in that forgetful world, I live in a post-9/11 world.  The world that has brought so much hate, and so many deaths.  So today, I remember.

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