Reflections of 9/11

September 11, 2012

by Gretchen Fleming, Director of the Center for Law & Justice, Chair of Legal Studies, Co-Chair of Criminal Justice

There are certain moments in our lives that we will never forget. I remember growing up and my mother saying that she would always remember where she was the day JFK was shot. This event had a profound effect on her life and the country’s. I feel the same way about September 11, 2001.

I remember how profoundly I was struck by the gravity and magnitude of the events that transpired that morning. I can still see myself fall to my knees in horror as I watched the events unfold and then proceed to my college classroom where we discussed what was happening and trying to make any sense of it.

Like many others I have spoken to over the years since 9/11/01, my life was forever changed; it brought about self-reflection and reprioritizing. It was a direct result of the events of this day that I decided that I could give back more to society by teaching rather than by being a lawyer. I felt that I had so much education and so much to give, that what better way than to share it will future generations and try to help them achieve their dreams through gaining a college education.

As a college professor, I am struck by how remote this event seems to my current students after so few years. I am writing this in the hopes to stir up memories so that we never forget how amazing this country is. We were attacked on our own soil and did not let it tear us down; instead we came together, overcame and are stronger than ever.

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