9/11/2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks waged against our nation on September 11, 2001. 9/11 will forever be a day steeped in raw emotions. Sheer disbelief. Shock. Fear of the unknown and sorrow of the now known. We watched and listened as graphic carnage and deliberate decimation unfolded before our eyes in real time with no filter, no delay button, no censorship. I wandered out loud my God, is this our new normal?
I have a hard time remembering what I did yesterday, but I will forever remember every detail, every phone call, and every emotion I experienced that fateful September Tuesday morning in 2001. I bet you do too.
9/11 will forever remain the day our nation felt a collective numbness out of shock and sorrow for the innocent and the innocence killed in the terrorist attacks. Gladys Knight’s beautiful version of “The Way We Were” and the haunting lyric “Try to remember the kind of September When life was slow and oh, so mellow” never fails to turn my thoughts to the morning of September 11, 2001.
What’s too painful to remember we should never choose to forget. Never Forget 9/11.
“In time, perhaps, we will mark the memory of September the 11th in stone and metal — something we can show children as yet unborn to help them understand what happened on this minute and on this day.
But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we’ll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day. We will remember where we were and how we felt. We will remember the dead and what we owe them. We will remember what we lost and what we found.
And in our time, we will honor the memory of the 11th day by doing our duty as citizens of this great country, freedom’s home and freedoms defender.”
George W. Bush
The World Will Always Remember 9/11
Evil acts tested the stamina, fortitude and resilience of our nation, her citizens, the brave men and women of our military, police, fire and medical departments and city, state and national officials. We are a changed world. We may carry and live with the scars, but one thing is certain- The United States of America will never be broken. Bumped and bruised, but never broken. We mustn’t allow that to ever happen. Together we are better.
We are the United States of America. We differ from one another on many points, views and opinions, but when all is said and done, we are one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Strong. United. Free.
Through trying times and the best of times, Dave and I never lose sight of our freedoms and how proud we are to be Americans. May God Bless this great nation we call the home, The United States of America.