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I remember

September 11, 2015

We said we’ll always remember. We still say it and especially today, we say it again. I’m not sure we mean it.

Fourteen years ago today, Americans came together as we had never before done in my life. Shocked and horrified by what most of us saw on TV, we turned to friends, families and strangers in solidarity. We hugged and prayed with each other, strangers and comrades, blacks and whites, heterosexuals and gays, old and young. We were one.
Fourteen years later, we seem to fight with each other at every turn. Blame and pointing the finger of accusation at others is rampant, with few looking at themselves to see they are part of the problem.WTC_Oct2013
I’m confident that the families of the 2,977 people who died in America that day always remember. I believe I remember it more than many, although I am guilty of getting caught up in the minutiae of life that didn’t matter that morning or for months afterward.
Like an enormous ink spot on the fabric of our clear blue sky, black smoke spilled on the New York City sky. That and so many other images are permanently imprinted on my mind. The contradiction of that image, I think, is what made it so powerful for me. A perfect fall day – no clouds, bright sunshine – marred by the literal and figurative blackness of death.
Still, we came together to stand strong in our cry of, “Oh hell no! You don’t get away with doing that in America.”
For some time afterward, we stayed united. In our uniquely human way, as time moved on, we began to forget those feelings. I hope and pray we can come back to that unity soon.
Unity will empower us with strength to address the problems we face today. The attitudes so many display today are not helpful and, by our refusal to work together in peace and compassion, we dishonor each one of the 2,977 who died.
Fourteen years ago we did it. We can do it again.
I believe everyone must look at the video and images of the 9/11/01 attacks every year. Reactivating those memories is a way to bring us back to the resolve we had that day to unite and support each other.
We can do it. We have 2,977 reasons to do it to honor their lives … and their FreedomTower_2_Oct2013deaths.
I remember 9/11.
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One comment

  1. This post is amazingly powerful! The strength and heroism on that solemn day and the days that followed are reminders of what we endured and how well we unite as a nation. I’ll never forget. Thank you for this thoughtful post.



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