American Pride & Unity

boat-lift-9.11My last article spoke of the public disgrace that we, as a nation, are suffering at the hands of our petulant leader.  I would like to push that to the side today and remind every single American of our greatness, our courage and determination.

One of my dear friends sent me the video (below) of “The Boatlift of 9/11”.

As I sat at my desk and watched it on my lunch hour, I was brought to tears and memories of that fateful morning of 9/11/2001.  I could not help but remember as I went to work that day how red the sky was. The old saying, “Red sky at morning, sailors takes warning,” popped into my head. I had no idea what was to pass within the next couple of hours.

Until seeing this video, I had no idea of the sailors and the boats and the wonderful, magnificent things they would accomplish on that day.  Perhaps the media reported on the evacuation of Lower Manhattan Island. There was so much thrown at us in way of news, it was all so confusing. If they did report on this evacuation, they did not give it nearly enough praise and press.

This evacuation was the epitome of the American Spirit at work.

One simple call for aid brought out numerous mariners and their craft from the New York and surrounding areas within earshot.

These rescuers did not know if we were under full-scale attack. They did not know what kind of danger they might be facing. They just heeded the call.

I can hardly describe the pride that filled my heart as I watched video of the assembled watercraft racing across the harbor to aid of their fellow man.

The horror of the sound of the towers collapsing brought me to tears as I relived the sight of smoke filling the harbor…The people who performed the largest evacuation in history were humble in their acknowledgement of what they had done.

They saw a need, they filled it. They witnessed all of us working together as a people and they were amazed at our unity.  No one cared about politics. No one cared about social issues. No one cared who was the winner or the loser.  Each and every one stretched out their hand to lift up their neighbor.

This is who we are as Americans.

Today we are suffering the most division in the United States that we have ever experienced.  Not even during the Civil Rights Movement were people so hostile to each other.  All this is brought to us courtesy of the current administration and their agenda to divide and conquer us from the inside out.

Let’s not play their game.

Let us remember who we are, and who we were on that morning of September 11, 2001.

Let us remember how angry we were at the ones who destroyed the towers.

Let us recall how we held hands with strangers and prayed.

Let us value these things and throw our silly egos about this and that to the side.

We are in a crisis right now as big as that fateful day, yet people are walking around with blinders on.

Wake up, be proud and stretch your hand out to our country.

We are Americans and we should be as proud, strong and united as that tragic morning.

Please take the time to watch the video. Let that scene replay in your mind when discouraged and accept not the defeat that is being fed to us.

Candace Hardin Littlejohn

Georgia PolitiChick Candace Hardin Littlejohn lives in Atlanta, Georgia, but grew up in Western North Carolina. She has been greatly influenced in her writing by the culture in the Appalachians. Candace attributes her love of words to her Mother, who taught her to read at four years old. She is the creator and publisher of the literary magazine, Bohemian Renaissance, a magazine designed to launch emerging writers to publication, while providing good literature and art free to the community. Candace is 100% fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin. She loves dogs and spending time with friends and family. Visit Candace's website:

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