9/11 was one of the biggest tragedies to ever occur on U.S. soil. I'd never want to see another event like that happen again. However, I would love for us as Americans to go back to the way we were on 9/12.

Everyone remembers where they were when the events of 9/11 took place. I was in my sixth grade classroom. We had another teacher come in and tell our teacher to turn on the TV. As a kid, I didn't quite comprehend what was going on. I knew that a lot of people had died, but I didn't understand how big of a deal that event was at the time. Looking back, we had lived through something that would change the world as we knew it.

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One thing that I do remember is the fear that everyone had after the towers fell. Americans were wondering why?  What's next? And who was responsible? We all were on the same page. We were afraid and we were pissed, but even with all of that, I miss the day after 9/11

Here's why...

There is so much hate and dispute among Americans today. Especially in 2020. You know what I am talking about, it's on the news every day. Whether it's someone kneeling for the flag, race, politics, riots, police brutality, or someone's sexual orientation, it seems like everyone has a reason to be mad or dislike others. We are a divided nation, and it is getting worse than I have seen it in my lifetime.

How did we come to this point?

The day after 9/11, there was no black, white, gay, straight, religion, or politics. We were Americans. Everyone rushed out to buy a flag and display it proudly on their porch or vehicle. We all wanted to do something to help our fellow American. We mourned, we volunteered, and we came together. In my opinion, we were never stronger as a nation than on September 12, 2001.

With all of the events that have occurred this year, I find it hard to see us getting back to where we were on that day. It seems like we can't have a different view on things without bashing each other on social media. It seems like we can't try to mend things and make life better for one another. There's a lot of hate in this country right now, and I for one am not a fan of it.

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How do we get back to that day?

Surely it won't take another event like 9/11 to bring us together again. Why should we always come together during hard times? We need to learn to love each other once again. Accept that we may have a difference of opinion on things, but realize that we all are people. Just like Alan Jackson said in his song "Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning":

I know Jesus and I talk to God, and I remember this from when I was young faith, hope, and love are some good things He gave us, and the greatest is love.

I wish we could all learn to love each other again, like we did on 9/12. Hopefully one day soon, we can go back to being united, not divided. We can disagree and still be friends. I know that I can't be the only one who longs for that day.

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