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In the course of a few weeks in the autumn of 2001 everything changed A devastating terrorist attack occurred It wasnt in Syria More than 3000 innocent people perished It wasnt in Iran The nation as a whole changed its perspective of who they were as a people It wasnt in Pakistan The global community felt the impact of the tragic loss of life and hideous method of attack It wasnt in Jerusalem For the people of the United States of America September 11 2001 changed everything Many people began to once again realize that America is built on the people that make it up We had lost sight of that a long time ago As Ray Suarez says in his novel The Old Neighborhood Once we no longer had cultural cohesion it was easier and easier to draw circles of concern more and more narrowly around ones own doorstep 15 People had begun to believe more in themselves and less in each other It took flames in the clear blue sky of 911 to awaken us to the real tragedy in our country - the loss of our pride the loss of our founding beliefs the loss of our sense of what others mean in our lives Unfortunately those same flames served as a death sentence for many Americans of Middle Eastern descent The basic concepts of citizenship were quickly lost again the lessons leaned those few first days forgotten or abandoned Citizenship is defined as Membership in a community or The quality of an individuals response to membership in a community Citizenship But what does this really mean One can reside in a particular area and thus be a member of a community They are legally a citizen of this area However citizenship goes much deeper than houses and streets Citizenship encompasses loyalty and having something in common with the people around you The quality response the experts refer to is asking your
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