A Decade Out / by Simmon Li

How does one mark the anniversary of 9/11? The news media suggests deep reflection on how 9/11 has profoundly changed national security, world politics, and culture. I think it's important and good to think about these things, but it's more sombre for me. I remember all too well. We were in the WCA portable, just starting my 8th grade. My teacher received a call on the phone, and told us that we'd be putting off our lesson for the morning, and that we should head to the chapel. I was in grade 8 and to be honest, the magnitude of 9/11 never really hit me until I delved into politics, political science, and all the things I'm interested in now. It's crazy. I don't remember much of that day, except that I was shocked at what I was hearing. The World Trade Center, which I had never heard of until that day, became a permanent part of my vocabulary. Where ever the Twin Towers were in New York, I now knew it was Ground Zero. The story unfolded as the day went by. I remember we had our lunch, and after, we talked about how the news made us feel. People were upset, bewildered, shocked and surprised. Beyond the initial news, the day fades into deeper memory. I don't think that day will ever be lost to me, but it is hard to believe that it has been 10 years.

To remember is to make sure it can't happen again. To remember is to move on. To remember is to face the reality of the, no doubt overused, post 9/11 world. The media has been asking questions, but the question remains: have we learned anything?