Tomorrow is September 11.
In the United States, that means an anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which changed all of our lives. We live with the fallout (in some cases, literal) every day of our lives.
Several years ago, in 2012 and updated later, I wrote a post "One Day We Will Forget".
In that post, I said this:
"No, don't be angry at me. I will remember September 11 for the rest of
my life. I remember it every year. First, it was my father in law's
birthday (although he was no longer with us on that day.) Then, it became the day I watched in horror (after my
employer hastily located a television) as the second tower fell, later
finding out that one of my co workers lost his son on that day. His
daughter in law was pregnant. Other people I know lost loved ones. 11 people who
went to my high school died that day. Two of them left pregnant
Today and tomorrow, I will think of 9/11, but I ask you to consider this:
Tomorrow, all of the children born on September 11, 2001 will turn 18. In the state of New York, where I live, and where most of the deaths took place, that means they enter adulthood.
In the next nine months, children will turn 18 who have lived their entire lives, every moment, in a post - 9/11 world.
What will they think of what we have made this world into?
And oh yes, as they turn 18 they gain the right to vote.
Will they use that right? I wonder.
I ended my post with this:
"Our world isn't theirs.
They will remember, but not the way we do. Our job is to make sure they
know about the day and its meaning, and let them sort it out. Keep in
mind that the children born on September 11, 2001, will turn 18 on
September 11, 2019, and will be granted the right to vote.
I hope they will use that power of the vote well."