Boston Marathon Bombing Impact

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“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall,” Confucius states. Whether it was the collapse of two monumental giants in New York City, the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary or the Boston Marathon Bombing, the United States has witnessed countless, unfathomable acts of terror. Despite all of the recent tragedies, the events of September 11, 2001 will remain a memory in the hearts of all people who watched, in disbelief and fear, the collapse of the World Trade Center. On that fateful day, the terrorists believed they had won the battle by carrying out catastrophic devastation. However, their actions would unite America and create a movement of patriotism. The death toll was astounding, but the impacts left…show more content…
The “September 12 era” inspired many young people to enlist in the army and leave their families. Proud and worried parents waved goodbye to their newly enlisted children only to be reunited one last time in a flag draped casket. The patriotism that occurred only minutes after the World Trade Center collapse carried into the service of thousands of Americans in the Middle East. In total, 6,800 Americans have lost their lives in Iraq or Afghanistan in the war that began in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001 (Emmons). Those brave men and women paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect their country from being reduced to ashes once more. America became a nation who questioned the intentions of every Middle Eastern person. Today, there are Middle Eastern men and women who are pulled over for “suspicious activity.” Some people will even walk a little faster or in a different direction when a Muslim walks down the street. September 11, 2001 will remain the day when children became orphans and parents became childless. As those giant towers collapsed, so did our sense of security and the “safest place on Earth” became a home of fear. That fear translated into thousands of United States’ citizens suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The death toll is still climbing today as New Yorkers and rescue workers from across the country battle cancer due to the environmental hazards suffered in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. Not only has the government been dramatically changed, but every American has been affected in some way from the events of
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