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It was around 10:30 on Sunday night, I was tired (from the weekend) and I was watching my nightly dose of SportsCenter when my Twins-Royals game recap was interrupted with a bulletin on the bottom of the TV.

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The bulletin said BREAKING NEWS, U.S. forces had just successfully killed Osama bin Laden in his small hideout deep within Pakistan.

The news circulated through my head, and I flashbacked to September 11th, 2001.

I remember when I heard about the terrorist attack like it was yesterday. The thing is, I was only 6 years old.

It was only about 8:30 a.m., and I was in first grade. I remember we were just gathering for circle time, when one of my classmates' parents came in and told my teacher the news.

Ms. Pederson teared up and turned the TV to the news, and that was when I remember seeing the videos of the planes running into the World Trade Center.

I was so young at the time I had no idea what was happening, but I remember that TV staying on in the classroom all day. I also remember going home to my mom crying on the couch, and she told me it had been an extremely sad day in America.

Now it's 10 years in the future, we have a new president, and we're pretty much fighting a different war.

When I saw the bulletin I had trouble actually believing that Bin Laden was dead. It seemed like everything was so sketchy, but the news turned out to be true.

Now I find myself asking, what happens next? I mean, the leader of al Qaeda, and the leader of the biggest terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil is gone now, which I hope means things get better. But the chances of that seem slim somehow.

Osama Bin Laden has been in exile for 10 years for a reason, and now that he's gone I can't help but wonder if there will be retaliation, or if simply this means the end of the problem America has been facing for so long?

Though (and this is just my opinion, I'm only 16) America has been on the turn for the better the last few years, the idea of not having to worry about these things (such as terrorist attacks) brightens my each and every minute. But I also must say that it will be a while until I'm able to not worry about that.

I want to be able to turn 18 and not have to think about fighting wars, and losing people close to me overseas (and I don't even mean by death).

My hope is that things are now resolved, and the controversy our country has been dealing with for the last decade is finally over. Hopefully America, and the rest of the world will be able to turn over a new leaf. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Jonah Bowe is a sophomore at Detroit Lakes High School.

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