By Matthew Jerome - September 11, 2013
Each year, as we commemorate the day of the worst attack on American soil by a foreign entity, I reminisce with a heavy heart the wave of emotions I felt that day. I watch the various cable channels as the digital recordings play out, in real time, the events of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
It was a day of complete shock to a nation. A day where families anxiously waited by their telephones for news about their loved ones who were: employed in the Twin Towers area, or serving their city in keeping the peace and rescuing others from harm, employed by the Pentagon, or simply traveling on an airplane. The day turned into night where you witnessed individuals carrying photos of missing loved one, desperately seeking any news of their whereabouts. The night turned into a solemn yet unorganized excavation of steel, brick, and dust. A night where zombie-like people searched and roamed around wooden walled barricades, forming impromptu memorials and bulletin boards, trying to find out the most current information on their loved ones.
The day’s events have proven to be historically significant, and time has shown us that during our nations mourning period, there were far too many political sideshows. Does Congress holding hands and singing “God Bless America” ring a bell? Their attempt to show the world unity, unequaled since World War II, worked for about a week. The Democrats had to give into their peace-nik wing and denounce the war.
At Red State Report, we have picked three country songs. One is the bellicose ”Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)” by Toby Keith. The other is the deep relevance of Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You.” Finally, there is “Have You Forgotten” by Darryl Worley.
The healing process through song stems from man’s earliest existence and all of them will touch one’s heart and soul differently.