Posted by: davesnewadventure | September 11, 2010

Remember September 11th, 2001

I still remember that day. The day of shock. The day of pure shock, when I was in the Spanish school in Cuzco, Peru, on the 41st day of my expedition, walking into a pair of sobbing americans, and watching it on TV. My world went from the golden age of the 90’s, of the tech boom, when everything was possible, into the morass and darkness of the last ten years. My whole world went upside down, and it was on that day that I chose a path of exploration that I continue on today. If it weren’t for that, who knows what my last ten years would’ve been like.

On this day, I want to reaffirm what it means to be American, about the meaning of American. And when I reaffirm that, I go back to the two documents that make’s us all Americans, whether you’re Asian, Black, Latino, or White, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, or whatever. Those two documents are the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. It’s the ideas embodied in those two documents that makes us who we are. Last night, on the streets of New York City, thousands of people gathered on the eve of the anniversary of 911 to reaffirm what it means to be American, to remember our rights as citizens. And it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Period. You can see some of the photos here.
Photo Essay: Thousands Gather on Eve of 9/11 in Support of “Ground Zero” Mosque

Thousands gathered to support the right of the Sufi Community’s Center’s to be built at Park51, two blocks from Ground Zero. The Sufi Community Center is the embodiment of our First Amendment, the most primal of our rights, the right to nonviolently express ourselves, to worship, and to be. That’s what it means to be American.

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