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Letters: 9/11 brought us together. We can unite once again.

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07.09.2021

I was getting ready for my French class. My tutor was going to arrive in about an hour, and then I heard that something crashed into one of the twin towers in New York.

A plane. I thought it must have been a small plane. A single-prop that accidentally crashed.

The news reports started coming. It was something much bigger: Two jet airliners deliberately were flown into the towers, killing all on board, hundreds who were in the towers and more who came to their rescue. I don’t know how many times I rewatched that event. Do any of us?

It didn’t matter who you were, the color of your skin, what religion you belonged to or who you voted for. As the buildings came down, so did the barriers between us. Churches were packed the next day.

Twenty years later, the churches are empty again, and the walls separating people are higher than ever. The best memorial we can give to those who died, in New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon, is to go back to that day when race and creed and color didn’t matter and find a place to pray to God and start to rebuild a........

© Chicago Tribune


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