States Under Seige”2001?9?11?,
September 11, 2001 will be a day forever
etched in the minds of all Americans. On this day the United States came under
attack by terrorists, from other countries, who crashed two planes into New
York?s trade Center. Shortly before 9:00 a.m., one plane crashed into the North
tower of the World Trade Center. Minutes later a second plane crashed into the
South tower. Not too long aster the first two crashes, other members of this
terrorist group crashed another plane into the Pentagon and another into an
open field in Pennsylvania.
Eventually about an hour after the attack the
South tower collapsed and half an hour later, the North tower collapsed.
However the Pentagon did not collapse, but one of its five sides was destroyed.
Within one hour of the attacks, the federal government shut down national
landmarks across the country, and the FDA ordered that all traffic systems
nationwide be shut down. Military bases nationwide were placed on high alert.
The attack affected small town America. Here in Little Rock local malls closed,
the TCBY Tower was evacuated, Local airports were shut down and local schools
added more security on their campuses. Security was increased at all federal,
local, and state agencies.
However, throughout the destruction,
devastation, and the loss of lives, patriotism is strong. Americans are wearing
t-shirts, pins, buttons or hat with the American flag on it. The horrible
terrorist act that was meant to destroy Americans faith, unity and lives has
brought Americans together as one nation. At the time that the bombing
occurred, I was at work checking the bags of all the kids that had just come
in. I remember Rena (one of my co-workers) coming in to tell us that terrorist
had just hit the WTC. At the time, my mind was wrapped up in what I was doing
that I didnt really pay her that much attention. My reaction was like Oh,
really. Fifteen minutes later as I got ready to leave to come to class, I
noticed that the T.V. in the big room was turned to the bombing.
At that point,
I took a minute to sit down see what had really happened. After I had actually
heard and seen it on T.V, I really didnt have a reaction. It was like I was
lost and didnt really understand. It didnt register in my mind until after I
had left school and went back to work. When I returned to work everyone was
terrified. Throughout the day they kept the TV tuned to a local news station.
While everyone was worried I was patient. I didn™t have a strong reaction
towards the crash because about a year ago when the school shootings occurred,
I remember being in Sunday school and discussing it. One thing that Pastor
Forte told us was that just because something severe has happened it doesn™t
mean that we should at once become scared by the situation at hand because
people die everyday of AIDS, cancer, car accidents, and drug overdose.?
One employee at
my job stated: When I first heard of the WTC bombing I went into shock. I could
not believe what I had heard. As the day went on I felt fear. For weeks and
sometimes now, I am scared for myself and everyone in the world. I don™t think
my life will ever be the same again. Right now I pray more for myself and
everyone else (McClendon). As I made my way back on campus, I noticed that some
professors had canceled classes in fear that the foreigners would attack us. I
also noticed that a lot of students of different backgrounds (especially Middle
Eastern) did not attend classes. To keep things running smoothly Chancellor
Hathaway sent out e-mails encouraging everyone on campus to stay on task and
continue with normal activities. Hathaway felt it was important to make a
statement to help keep the campus focused. Everyone responded well and no event
of any nature occurred (Keller). Students who needed assistance could get
counseling through the health services and the disability support services.
According to the Admissions and Records office, at least three Middle Eastern
students withdrawn from UALR after the terrorist attacks on America (Keller 1).
Friday, September 14, 2001 was National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. ?
brought more than 1000 UALR students, faculty, and staff together. Many were
wearing red, white, and blue ribbons (Bayles). This incident has not affected
my life emotionally because for one I don™t know anyone that may have been hurt
in it. Also I have God in my life, and I know that as long as I keep him by my
side, he will protect me from any harm or danger. This has not affected my
family either, but I do have a close friend who is in the army, and he may have
to go if he is called. It affects him in the sense that he may not be able to
come home for the holidays. I wouldn™t say that this would affect my job, but
it could; if people get laid off and can™t afford to pay for childcare then I
won™t have a job.-M