The United States of America is known for responding to acts of violence against it with great speed. After the terrible events on the morning of September 11, 2001, America immediately responded with an immense showing of patriotism, and it was this feeling united across the nation that became a much more important part of my life after that dreadful day; however, after some time had passed, my sense of patriotism was felt through taking an interest in my countryâ€™s affairs. The act of flying two jet airliners into the World Trade Center was indeed an act of terrorism against this great country, but the response of Americans across the country showing their patriotism overpowered the loss of thousands of lives that day. It was rare to find a day for nearly a year when a person could not take a step outside without seeing their neighbors hanging the American flag or driving on the highway and seeing numerous cars with American flag bumper stickers, and even a few other cars supporting their own makeshift flagstaff raising tattered and worn flags from the excessive beating in the wind, but when this started to die down, these people did not stop being patriotic because September 11, 2001, altered everyoneâ€™s perception of life in one form or another.
For me and many Americans, such a quiet morning suddenly became filled with tragedy, horror, and shock. While in school on the morning of September 11, 2001, I heard over the loudspeaker that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. The first thing that came through my mind was that maybe it was a small single engine plane that was flying too low; it didnâ€™t seem like an issue of serious concern at first, but then I started to really wonder what happened . Then a second interruption by the loudspeaker informed me that it was an airliner that was deliberately flown into one of the World Trade Center towers; my Latin teacher nearly fainted from shock and we students, in turn became very concerned about what was happening.