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Ten Years Later, The World Finds Peace In 9/11 Anthem

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years. Ten years since one of the most beautiful days in history turned grey in a flash. September will always be linked with the terrorist attacks of 9/11, but in the aftermath of the tragedy, Americans showed their true colors. Ordinary citizens became heroes and the nations bravest first responders became super heroes.

This idea of heroism in the everyday world was reflected in the words that John Ondrasik wrote into his song “Superman.” For a band on the rise, Five For Fighting may have remained underground had it not been for the tragic events. In a twist that no reality show could recreate, the band was thrust into the spotlight as the sentimental ballad became the anthem of September 11th.

It’s odd how things can happen like that. It took a tragedy to bring this amazing song to the forefront of peoples minds. In the days that followed 9/11, many people gravitated towards the entertainment world as a coping mechanism. If a sporting event could bring people to a ballpark in Queens, had the terrorists really won? If the nation could unite in a simple pop song, had anything changed? United we stood.

Though nothing will ever bring back those who lost their lives ten years ago, America showed that it’s greatest moments can come in its darkest hours. Ondrasik didn’t intend to be thrust into the spotlight, but in the words of his song “Superman,” written from the perspective of the caped superhero, many Americans found a sense of peace.

Last night during halftime, inside Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, Ondrasik joined family members of first responders killed on 9/11 to pay tribute to their sacrifice. With small flashlights, they recreated the footprints left by the towers as the song was performed. The moment was palpable. You could almost sense New York City in the distance, calling to the fallen men and women. Still, as important a football game as it was, the only chant that mattered was that of “USA, USA, USA” as Cowboys and Jets fans stood together to support something greater than a game. Greater than a song. They stood in support of a city, of a country, of each other.

Ten years later we remember the fallen. We remember the heroes. We remember the song that helped us climb out of chaos. We remember “Superman.”

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  • Comment by Barry Decker posted September 13, 2011 at 11:02

    WELL SAID!!!