“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.” ~David Levithan
September 11, 2001, one of America’s most tragic events shocked the free world. The 13th anniversary of 9/11 conjures more than sad memories. Remembering the terrorist attacks evokes feelings of depression as well as inspiration. The loss of life, the victims in the towers, Pentagon, plane passengers and rescue workers mark a sad day in our history. At the same time, this same group demonstrated the highest form of goodness inherent to the American spirit and our willingness to make the supreme sacrifice for the good of our fellow man.
“This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world today. It is perpetrated by fanatics who are utterly indifferent to the sanctity of human life, and we the democracies of this world are going to have to come together and fight it together.” ~British Prime Minister Tony Blair
Today is the time to remember the victims as well as the heroes who prevented another tragedy by forcing the downing of Flight 93 to keep it from hitting another target. We remember the bravery of rescue workers and first responders as they rushed into the towers and those who remained with the knowledge that buildings had already collapsed. We remember the acts of selfless bravery by those escaping the flames and those who remained behind to attend to complete strangers whose only connection was working in an adjacent cube, office or floor of the building.
“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” ~President George W. Bush
An all too often forgotten group on this day of remembering are the men and women inspired by the events of September 11, to answer the call and take the fight to the enemy both domestically and abroad. All who were alive, and many who have been born since the terror attacks of 9/11, remember the horrors of that fateful day—many more still feel those horrors—Lest We Forget…
“Commending the victims to almighty God’s mercy, I implore his strength upon all involved in rescue efforts and in caring for the survivors.” ~Pope John Paul II
What are your memories from September 11, 2001? How do you commemorate today? Tell us in the comment section.