MSNBC’s tribute ‘9/11 As It Happened’ begins with silent text tracking across the screen, saying that the broadcast is not only an homage to the terrible events 14 years ago at the World Trade Center, but is also intended for the future…lest we forget.
Stomach dropping, I stare at the bleak words.
Remember the Alamo…a ghostly voice whispers.
All I remember is growing up in Southern California where Spanish was a required class in elementary school. All I remember are the friends and classmates of Mexican descent and their wonderful culture and cuisine that spilled over into the lives of everyone who lived in that region.
Pearl Harbor…a day that will live in infamy…
All I recall is my oldest friend, my roommate from college, who is from Tokyo. I remember sharing holidays with her family and learning about the Buddhist religion from a charming people.
And I watch the words…9/11… lest we forget…
…and I know
And the cycle will repeat.
And that is the moment I understand terror.