Remembering 9/11: David Letterman, SNL, U2, George W. Bush, Alan Jackson, and Jon Stewart

14 years ago, to the day.

That’s exactly how long it’s been since our way of life was completely flipped upside down.

I don’t wanna go too in-depth about the tragedies that struck our homeland, land of the free and home of the very brave (that was proven on that fateful Tuesday morning), on September 11th, 2001. Everything that has been said about it has been pretty much said, and I won’t do it too much justice. I was just a kindergartner when the first plane hit the World Trade Center, and now as a sophomore in college I can’t truly touch upon my experiences of that day and what I felt.

These videos can do what I can’t: help us remember how all of our lives changed on 9/11.

As my generation of Americans grows into their 20’s, one of our biggest duties is to make sure that this day doesn’t get overlooked; I’m not saying it will for our kids or grandkids, but we need to make sure it doesn’t become just another date in history kids learn in school. We need to be reminded each and every September 11th what happened in New York City, Washington, D.C., and southern Pennsylvania.

The people in the future must not just reminded on the casualties and those we unfortunately lost, but also how we came together afterwards.

And that’s what these following videos show. I can’t personally describe, in my own words, how unified this great nation of ours was. But these videos can. If you’ve seen ’em, you know what I’m talking about. If not, please take the time out to watch them. I can’t promise a whole lot, but I can promise you that you won’t be disappointed.

David Letterman‘s monologue on his 1st show since the attacks

Rudy Giuliani’s monologue and Paul Simon performing “The Boxer” on the 1st Saturday Night Live episode since the attacks

(sorry that’s a link, SNL has a weird video player; still worth the watch)

U2 performing “MLK” and “Where The Streets Have No Name” at the Super Bowl XXXVI halftime show (the best Super Bowl halftime show by far)

George W. Bush throwing out the first pitch of Game 3 of the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium

Alan Jackson performing his 9/11 tribute song, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)”

And last, but certainly not least, maybe the best television segment to come from this dark period in American history,

Jon Stewart’s monologue on his 1st show since the attacks

“But you know what the view is now? The Statue of Liberty. The view from the south of Manhattan is the Statue of Liberty. You can’t beat that.”

Thank you to the heroes, the first responders, the police, firefighters,and medical workers, and everyone else who helped on September 11th, 2001. We can’t thank you enough, and, thankfully, there’s too many people to thank. There’s an abundance of good people in this world, and on 9/11 that was proven yet again.

Never forget.