Fargo, Moorhead & Cedar Rapids; making America proud
posted at 5:57 pm on April 28, 2009 by Keemo
Hurricane Katrina received headline news for several weeks, and rightfully so. The effects of Hurricane Katrina, in August 2005, were catastrophic and widespread. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history, leaving 1836 people dead, and a further 705 missing. The storm was large and had an effect on several different areas of North America.
The Cedar Rapid flood of 2008, was devastating as well. Why the American media didn’t give this story the same kind of coverage as Katrina, is a question we all likely know the answer to. The American media turned Hurricane Katrina and all of it’s suffering into a political driven hit job targeting the Bush administration. What was missed by many, is a story that makes me so proud to be an American. People of all faiths, ideologies, color, and ethnic background, coming together for one common purpose. Side by side, neighbors, friends, and total strangers worked feverishly to help one another. This is an example of what Americans have done since our creation. These folks weren’t spending time blaming others, while feeling sorry for themselves. These folks were busy taking action, saving lives, saving property, helping selflessly so that others could gain. I have family born, raised, and still living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I’m so proud of you all! This is the real America, not the America the media portrays.
Another great American story missed by the media, was the flooding of the Red River in the towns of Fargo and Moorhead. One writer wrote the following:
Sunday morning – it got to me. “Got to me” is my expression for emotions so strong my eyes get wet. I was watching a YouTube video of thousands of people in Fargo Moorhead working together, neighbor next to neighbor, to hold back the flood waters of the Red River. I saw them, teenagers and senior citizens, women and men, day and night filling, lifting and placing sand bags, one on top of the other, to build temporary dikes. I saw huge trucks, earth movers, emergency vehicles and people serving food out of their garages to hungry neighbors who had not trained to throw sand bags for hours on end. I saw people dressed in clothing to protect them from the bitter weather – some whose clothing had served them well during last fall’s hunting season. And I saw school buses hauling kids from neighboring towns learning citizenship. Talk about a deeper and more lasting lesson than a few hours in civic class.
Once again we have seen what the people of the prairie do when facing a community challenge. And they will do it again if the river foils higher dikes. If they have to fight the river again in twenty or more years, you can count on their children and grand children to do what they did. Their values will be passed from generation to generation. It is not only community, it is community continuity.
Americans across this great nation display courage & selflessness at the toughest moments, rising to the occasion. We have seen examples of this on display in Cedar Rapids and Fargo Moorhead. We have also seen examples of these great Americans in every part of this county throughout our history. Only in recent times does the American media refuse to tell such stories unless it fits their agenda. These stories will be told. These stories will get handed down to the generations that follow.