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by Lacy Olivarez | September 21, 2021 at 5:00 a.m.

"The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified..." -- Rudy Giuliani.

September 11, 2001 was a day of despair, hopelessness, and utter sadness. We didn't know at that time how our country would recover or even if it would. The terrorists intended for our country to break after crashing into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, but it did the complete opposite. Our country became unified for the first time in a long time. We all had a common enemy and tragedy. Everyone remembers 9/11, but we need to also remember 9/12.

The instant shock of everything stunned us into silence, but on 9/12, we weren't silent anymore. Because of the amazing firefighters and support of every American, we got through the tragedy. For weeks on end, the weeping of individuals was met with faith and kindness. We may be wondering, "What has happened to the America we knew then?" Well, we forget. We subconsciously forgot and new generations were created; it's understandable, but we need to make it a priority to live everyday like it is 9/12.

In America right now, there is a constant separation between ourselves and other Americans. We use history so that we learn and educate ourselves, so I feel like if we set aside our differences and treat each other like we did on 9/12, America would be a better place.

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