On September 11, 2001, the United States, and the world, was forever changed. Many lives were lost that day and fear was instilled in those who once felt safe in their surroundings. Whether directly impacted by the events of 9/11 or indirectly affected by the heart-wrenching events of that day, no individual was the same post-September 11.

If we were to take anything from this event and use it towards a greater good, perhaps the one thing that resonates with most of us is the patriotism that came about as a result of 9/11. First responders sprung into action with no thought to their own safety and citizens joined together to help one another both during the event as well as in the days, weeks, months, and years which followed. United States citizens expressed their love for this country and their desire to express their patriotism in any way possible.

"We will get through this!" and "We are one country!" were just a few sentiments expressed as patriotism shone through. Our nation's flag blew proudly in the breeze around every corner throughout the nation while citizens wore patriotic clothing and expressed patriotic statements.

It shouldn't take a tragedy such as 9/11 to bring the nation together in a show of patriotism. Patriotic feelings should be present regardless. However, if there was anything relatively positive which could result from the tragedy that occurred it was the joining of a collective nation to show our love for this country in good times and bad.

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