Brandice Nantt English 1010 Mrs. Murray November 12, 2010 The tragic day of September 11, 2001 is a day that imprinted in America’s memory forever. It could be in the history books, and taught in history class for our children to hear. 9/11 was the day that started a decade of war on terrorism, hate, and depression. The world reacted in violence and terror. Also brought a new sense of patriotism to our country (Grier). In Alan Jackson’s song, “Where were you (When the world stopped turning)”, he relives the moment all people in America saw as they watched the buildings fall to rumble. Alan Jackson wrote this song as a tribute to the 9/11 attacks and the lives lost from the attacks. He starts the song in a sort of somber way asking one question, “Where were you?” “Out in the yard with your wife and children, working on some stage in LA” (Jackson), asking where were you when the “world stopped turning”. Easily, anyone could relive that moment in their head of where they were went the first plane went into the World Trade Center at 8:46 A.M. All they would have to do is listen to Alan Jackson’s words as he sings them. As he sings this song, visual images come into your head and you begin to make a connection to what you were doing when the first plane hit the Twin Towers. The plane hit on the North side of the tower in Lower Manhattan. The second plane hit at 9:03 A.M. against the South tower. There were four planes in all that hit and killed innocent bi-standards (A14+). This song visuals what we were doing for us, and how we felt. “Did you burst out in pride for the red white and blue” (Jackson) speaks to America and its pride in our country. How we got a new pride in our country because of the Twin Tower attacks. We are fighting a war on terrorism now, and we are continually fighting for what happened on that day. This happened in 2001, we still have troops fighting for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. 5, 778 casualties have passed away since September 9, 2001(http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/). Father’s and Mother’s of children who sacrificed their lives to protect our country. Men and women we don’t know, dying for the war on terrorism after almost a decade. We should hold onto our pride, tight, like the people who fight for our country. We feel a sense of pride in our country if our brother, sister, son, daughter, mother, or father are fighting or did fight in this never ending battle. This song speaks to our decade of how we felt, how we reacted and how we still feel about the Twin Tower attacks. We reacted in anger, not only at ourselves, but we blamed the big man upstairs, God. People questioned, “Where was God” the day the world came to a standstill. It was a matter of 17 minutes in which the towers were hit, and started to spiral to the ground. They collapsed 90 minutes after they were hit, and with all those innocent people inside them. Frustration, anger, depression and desperation set in for America as we watched our country be torn apart by this act of hatred towards our country. Most people didn’t understand why anyone would want to do that vulgar act and slaughter thousands of people. Alan Jackson talks about the frustration of most people by singing “Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer” (Jackson). Most people did look up to heaven, some in frustration and anger, others for prayer and help from Him. They wondered why God wasn’t protecting them and why most of them had to feel the pain from the deaths of their beloved family members. Really almost no one was able to “survive” this deadly attack that surpassed the deceased rate in Pearl Harbor in 1941. There are some humans that still haven’t “survived” this tragic event. More than 2,600 people died at the World Trade Center; 125 died at the Pentagon; 256 died on the four planes (A14+). So many people died in a matter of an hour. Alan Jackson sings once again to this pain and anger and sadness of our nation “Did you stand there in shock at the site of that black smoke rising against that blue sky, did you shout out in anger in fear for your neighbor or did you just sit down and cry”. What more could speak to the hearts of the terrified humans who watched on Morris Street then what Alan Jackson sings” Did you stand there in chock at the site of that black smoke rising against that blue sky” (Jackson). How many people sat and watched on TV the horror of the World Trade Center attacks, and how many didn’t even know what to think because it all happened so fast. “Did you shout out in anger in fear for your neighbor” (Jackson), some people didn’t know which direction to go, or who to tell. Some called their loved ones and told them they loved them or some took their children out of school just so they could see their smiling faces. Some just looked at themselves and “to what really matters” (Jackson). This event changed our nation, not for the better in some ways. We ended up fighting a war that could never be won even some Americans feel that having troops over there is pointless. Could Alan Jackson be a spokesperson for the decade and write a song that “really matters” (Jackson)? He talks to almost every American at one point or another in this song. Asking them their next move, and what they are doing. Alan Jackson sings “Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us and the greatest is love” (Jackson). Love is a term used as a word used to show someone you care about them. The world is in need of “faith, hope and love” (Jackson) because of the 9/11 attacks. As the weeks went on after the Twin Tower attacks, listening to the news, the town of New York City was somber and desolate in feeling. I remember one event in which an elderly woman was walking out of the World Trade Center, and as she was walking down the steps, rumble fell on her and she instantly died. That image was striking, painfully, and most of all graphic. Maybe people experienced events from the Trade Center attacks that were much more intense and crude. Listening to Alan Jackson’s tribute he sings “Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble and sob for the ones left below” (Jackson), that image comes into my head. As the days pass after September 11, 2001 firefighters, police men, and even volunteers helped to look for justice for the families of the loved ones who could be trapped, died, or injured. Worked Cited Faces of the Fallen: Iraq and Afghanistan Casualties | Washingtonpost.com." Washington Post - Politics, National, World & D.C. 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