By Matt Noonan
It’s hard to believe that 10 years have gone by so quickly and yet, so much has changed in my life, as well as the world. Although, when I think back to that horrific day, the first thing that comes to mind was that gorgeous morning in Boston.
I remember my father driving me to school, and saying, “Matt, this is a beautiful day!” It was a gorgeous morning, especially since the temperature was perfect, the sun was shinning ever so brightly and there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky.
However, Mother Nature couldn’t protect us from the awful terrorist attacks, which I didn’t know too much about until I had returned home from school that day. I remember watching the terrifying images of the World Trade Center towers collapsing in my living room with my mother and sister and yes, I was speechless.
Seeing buildings, such as the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon crushed left a sour taste in my mouth and all I could do was ask, why us? Why did we deserve this incredibly awful event? What did we do wrong?
Well, as someone who majored in American Studies at Wheaton College (MA), I think it’s fair to say that the United States of America has endured some troubling, challenging and daunting moments over the years. From the early days of the Puritans to the Civil War to Equal Rights, we’ve all seen significant changes that have affected our lifestyles, as well as questioned our Patriotism too.
Yet, in the end, what do we always learn? Well, that the Americans always prevail.
Overall, I think it’s fair to state that this particular day is yet another reminder that we are all Patriots. Indeed, we’re always going to be challenged by other countries, leaders and various people who don’t always agree with our beliefs or values, but all in all, we can’t forget about the brave men, women and children over the years that have fought to protect our freedom and establish unity.
This is America, land of the free and the home of the brave and on this exact day, we can’t forget it.
In closing, I’d like to ask that you all take a few minutes to step aside from your regular scheduled day to reflect on the meaning of this day, as well as think about those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Also, on behalf of everyone at Noontime Sports, I’d like to say a special thanks to all that continue to defend the Constitution of the United States.