When the Sept. 11 attack occurred, I was checking out of a hotel in Dallas. On the lobby TV, I saw the first plane hit the Twin Towers, and a little while later the second tower was hit.
The immediate disbelief of what I was witnessing was overwhelming. Could this possibly be happening? When all flights were canceled and I had to remain at the hotel, I was riveted to the TV for five days.
During that time and for a few months afterward, I observed our coming together as citizens in our common grief, compassion and anger. Seeing the nation stand as one reminded me of what I have read about our national harmony during World Wars I and II.
Unfortunately, that Sept. 11 solidarity did not last. We are no longer united as a people. Instead of horrific attacks, misguided individuals and groups are slowly whittling away at our democratic foundations while waving our flag and carrying a Bible.
How do I feel today about the Sept. 11 disaster? Sadness that it happened and sadness that some of us no longer stand together to preserve the principles of our wonderful country.