Thirteen years later and the images of what happened on this day, still haunt a nation.
I try to live each day with a reason to celebrate and today we should reflect and remember,
but also celebrate this amazing country that we choose to live in.
The spirit and resilience of the American people is what built this country and continues to make it strong.
This land has always been about hope for the future, the dream of freedom and democracy.
It should never be taken for granted and yes, it should be celebrated.
Nobody woke up that morning knowing what they would have to face and that every moment moving forward would be changed forever.
Heroes emerged and in the darkest of moments, our nation shined.
We have vowed to never forget.
We need to celebrate and appreciate our service members and first responders.
They should be remembered and honored for what they do everyday to keep us safe.
If you see a member of our military, firefighter, police officer, buy them lunch, or at the very least shake a hand and say thank you.
It is so important to understand the sacrifices that these people make on a daily basis.
Many of our firefighters in this country are volunteers. They receive no pay and have other jobs, but still choose to risk their lives to protect and serve.
Today I took a box of goodies to my local firehouse and just said thank you.
It doesn’t only have to be on 9-11 when you do something to say thank you.
Think of everyday as an opportunity to show gratitude.
Whether you choose to visit your local firehouse, or say thank you to a service member as they are in line with you buying groceries, gratitude goes a long way.
A sad and tragic day in the history of our country, but a day where America showed the world what they were made of.
I am so proud to be an American and to have been part of a military family for many years.
Keep all our service members and their families, serving in harms way, in your hearts and prayers and remember to celebrate all that makes this country great.
It is true…We Will Never Forget!
Kevin Kraft says
Well said. I was living in NYC in Sept 2011, though working out of state that month. I will never forget how vulnerable I felt, how much I longed to be there to assist my city, my neighbors, my community. How saddened I was for the state of things, how it had touched me not only in NY (the owner of the building, Mr. Silverstein, had just acquired the lease on the World Trade Center), but at the Pentagon where my father worked for years, in Pennsylvania where I was born, and in the gulf where my brother was serving as an F-18 fighter pilot and was first-strike into Afghanistan. It all seemed so personal to me on so many fronts. 12 years later, much healing has occurred, and thankfully no more incidents quite like that one. It is indeed up to us, not only as American citizens, but as World Citizens, to “never forget”the tragedy of that day, lest someone slip back into the erroneous thinking that intentional destruction and violence like that could ever be a solution to anything. Thanks, Laura, for doing your part to keep alive the memory of those who gave the greatest sacrifice that day.
Thank you Kevin for your important and emotional comment. I can only imagine how you are changed by the events of the day.