Remember this moment. Where were you when you learned Osama bin Laden had been killed? It's a question you'll ask yourself 10 years from now.
I can still remember where I was nearly a decade ago on 9-11. I was working in a student-run newsroom as the news director. I heard that a plane struck a tower in New York City. I remember thinking, "Boy, that's odd." It was early in the morning, and my head wasn't quite in the game yet.
Then, the second plane hit.
I was confused. What in the world was happening? Eventuallly, it came down on the wires... suspected terror attack. It was unreal. I ran into the booth and gave the information to my anchor, who was currently reading the daily news on the air.
I was so perplexed. I continued with my day and went into my First Amendment class. We asked our professor if we could watch the news, and he said NO. He had no idea what was going on because he had been running around earlier in the morning. Of course, his attitude changed when our class informed him what was happening.
By the end of the day we were all glued to the television. There were many tears, angry conversations and a surreal realization that America was not immune to terrorist attacks. I remember hearing a weird name, "Osama bin Laden." Osama bin what? Who was this guy? And why does he hate America?
It wasn't just me as a young person who was ignorant about the Anti-American movement. Our nation was ignorant, too. How much we have changed in the last decade.
Oddly, a terror attack and the death of a terrorist have both invoked extreme Patriotism. I just heard one MSNBC contributor say that "we are really lucky" to witness these historic street celebrations. Interestingly enough, someone else commented on a Facebook pic that Americans dancing in the streets could resemble a scene in the Middle East. It makes you think...
Nonetheless, it's a big moment in history. Experts say celebrate with caution. Tighter security is yet to come. We may be happy to see a terrorist gone, but it doesn't sound like we can stop worrying about terrorism.
(Side note: I normally don't do this, but because it's such an historic event, I shared some of my Facebook comments below:)