American resolve stands tall

November 6, 2014


Ray Patterson

Ray Patterson

Ray Patterson

News Editor


More than 13 years have passed since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, when the forever-iconic Twin Towers of the World Trade Center fell to the pavement in Manhattan after two hijacked planes crashed into each one.


I can still see the impact each plane made into each tower.


One by one, the explosions remain as violently vivid in my mind today as they were 13 years ago.


My fingers are struggling more and more with each passing keystroke as if they have no confidence, yet I have conviction in these sentences as the pen has conviction with the paper.


It’s as if reliving that day is the same as it were actually happening all over again, but I digress.


It is not my intention to imply this tragedy has any more significance to me and my life than anyone else’s.


I, like most of the world, was an onlooker that day.


As a 13-year-old adolescent meandering through puberty and junior high school, the most important things in my life were football, Noxzema and girls.


I had no interest in my country, which is not to say I was an anarchist by any means; I just never gave patriotism a thought.


Not until 8:45 a.m., Sept. 11, 2001, when the first plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center.


I remember watching the replays on television shortly after.


I had never felt hurt in that way before. Up until that day, I was a selfish teenager who really only cared for himself and could only be bothered to do something for someone else as long as it benefitted him in the long run.


On that day, I was hurting for my country and everyone involved in the tragedy. I knew then, even if only in the slightest amount, what patriotism felt like.


When 1 World Trade Center officially opened for business Tuesday, I felt even more proud to be an American.


Time and time again, our country has shown its resolve to the rest of the world. We’ve shown we can take anyone’s best shot and stand right back up.


God bless these United States of America.


Ray Patterson is a senior journalism major from New Orleans who serves as editor for the Tech Talk. Email comments to kjk016@latech.edu.


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