Sunday, August 13, 2006

The World Trade Center Movie

Nicolas Cage in "World Trade Center."
This was a great and very powerful movie. I saw it opening night. Ironically it opened the night before British authorities stopped what could have been a terrorist attack as big as 9-11.
This movie was a great reminder of what happened to us on that day and the sacrafices that were made to help out fellow man kind.
It was a reminder to me of how I felt that day. I remember it as if it was yesterday actually. I remember seeing the footage on the Today Show and thinking that it must have been some kind of movie or something at first. Then as I listened closer I realized it was a live news cast and the reporter was saying that the plane had been misdirected by air traffic control, as if an airline captain would folllow faulty instructions and fly into a building. Then I watched the second plane smash into the other tower. I damn near dropped my coffee for at that point I realized that we had just been hit and hit hard. The rest of the day was not the same for me from that point on. As the day unfolded their were numerous reports the Pentagon was hit another plane crashed in Pennsylvania that may have been heading towards the White House.
Needless to say, What I saw and felt on September 11th left me doing a lot of soul searching:
Wondering what I could or should do for my country. A country that I knew and still believe is the greatest place on Earth. A country that I had enjoyed all the benefits of living in because of the sacrafices of others before me, but I had never done a damn thing for it. I knew the answer to my questions the next day and found myself at the recruiters office.

After a back and forth with the recruiter, I enlisted in December of 2001 on a delayed entry program that allowed me to get my financial life in order. Because the decision I had made was going cut my income in almost three fourths.
Although, I had to change my lifestyle it is not a desicion that I have ever regreted to this day. I believe that it has made me a better person and it has really made me appreciate the things I have in my life more especially after being to Iraq. I have also met wonderful people that I would never have met otherwise and I am thankful for all of it.
We need more movies like "World Trade Center" to help us remember just what it is that we are fighting for.

1 comment:

JoAnne said...

We could use more men like you.