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JedediahVia Jedediah Bila at Breitbart News

September 11, 2013.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been twelve years since the Twin Towers fell. God, I miss those towers. I would stare at them when my parents would drive me into Manhattan on weekends in high school. They were the background to my thoughts while driving to visit my first love in Brooklyn on so many college nights. In some ways, they would remind me to stand a little taller, be a little stronger, and never be afraid to stand out.

As a New Yorker, I will always miss them.

I’m not going to share my 9/11/01 story. It pales in comparison to the tragedies many suffered. Instead, I want to take a moment to remind you of the thing I remember most about that day.


I saw a united New York City. We all still looked quite different, dressed differently, thought differently about a wide diversity of issues…but we came together. People of different political ideologies, lifestyles, jobs, families, ethnicities–we all helped each other out. It was one of the few days when we took a minute to realize that we’re all still people–people with families we love, people with beliefs we value, people with instincts to survive and reach out a helping hand when a stranger needs you.

I will never forget the unity I saw that day. Years later, as I find myself in a business fueled by heated opinions, I refuse to forget that the people disagreeing with me are often loving, caring, passionate people who would extend a helping hand my way. I would do the same for them.

I learned so many lessons on 9/11/01. I learned that I can run a lot faster than I thought I could. I learned that not being able to reach the people you love when tragedy strikes is one of the worst feelings in the world. I learned that courage lives deep inside you, and when you need it most, it shows up to help you out.

And I learned that you can be principled, can fight for what you believe in, and can still treat the people you disagree with well. It may not always make for the best TV, but I promise you it makes for a better world.

So, no matter where life takes you, take that moment to remember that we’re all still people. We shouldn’t need a tragedy to make that happen.

About The Author

Jedediah Bila is co-host of Outnumbered on Fox News. She is a TV and radio personality, author, columnist, and Fox News Contributor. Her book, Outnumbered, was published in May of 2011. Her columns have been published at PolicyMic, Human Events, Verily, The Daily Caller, Newsmax,, Breitbart News, The Blaze, Townhall, and in AMAC’s newsletter and print magazine. Topics include culture, education, politics, relationships, media, fitness, and more. She is a featured speaker for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and a Pioneer Mentor at The New Agenda. Jedediah has been a regular guest host of Red Eye on Fox News and guest-hosted Kennedy on Fox Business. She is also a regular guest co-host of Fox News’ The Five and regularly guest-hosted Fox Business’ The Independents. She has guest-hosted talk radio and been a Contributor on a wide range of Fox News and Fox Business programming. She joined the Fox News team in January 2013. Prior to that, she had also appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, The Blaze, and several radio shows. Jedediah graduated Valedictorian of Wagner College and earned a Master of Arts from Columbia University. She went on to hold leadership positions in the fields of Education and Marketing. She is a former high-school academic dean and academic adviser, and has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels. She completed an advanced adult workshop in the Saturday program at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and has worked with students ages three to adult in such fields as creative and academic writing, Spanish, public speaking, monologue coaching, and more. Jedediah is a native New Yorker who currently resides in Manhattan. She loves animals, fitness, superheroes, and organic foods.

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Comments (2)

  1. Greg Donahoe says:

    Very good column. We do well to remember how we came together that day and in the weeks that followed. I hope we do so again in a crisis.

  2. Diana Erbio says:

    We do need to remember what unites us as Americans.

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