Saturday Sep 10, 2011

A Decade of Remembrance - September 11

September 11, 2001, might have shown us the worst of humanity. But, it also showed us the best. Today marks a decade since the planes flew into the World Trade Center, the U.S. Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. September 11, 2001, is a day that I will forever remember. It was a day that changed the world. For a brief time, the world was united in pain as almost 3000 innocent people died. But, there were also incredible stories of hope, and of heroes. 

On that day, I distinctly remember  exactly what I was doing when I heard about the first plane flying into the tower in New York. I remember tears streaming down my face as I watched the second plane fly into the second tower. I remember the silence overhead as U.S. flights were grounded, in case more terrorists had plans. I remember the friends who couldn't get home for hours, and some who never came home. And, yet, I also remember the heroes who gave their lives to save others, those who ran into burning and falling buildings not knowing if they would come out, and the heroes who wrenched control of one plane from the terrorists to prevent even more deaths. 

Yes, our world changed on September 11, 2001. We grieved for the lives lost, and gave thanks for the lives saved. But then we did what we do best - we returned to our lives. We went back to work. We raised our families. And we did not let the specter of terror deter us from continuing to build a world of peace and opportunity.

Not just today, but every day, I give thanks for the men and women, uniformed and not, who spend every day working to prevent another 9/11 on U.S. soil and around the world. May the world never again experience the kind of human tragedy that we did on that day. 

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