Saturday, September 10, 2011

September 11th

It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years. It's hard to believe that 10 years ago today, our lives, our country, our world was changed forever.

I still remember watching the news after the first tower had hit the first tower just after I had gotten to work that morning. My husband was at home, he had gotten injured at work and was home on medical leave while his foot healed. I remember the girl in the cubicle in front of me, her phone rang, it was her husband calling to tell us the 2nd tower had been hit. Then the reports started coming in that it wasn't an accident, that it wasn't a plane who had problems.

I can remember watching television and thinking that we were watching stories about other places and  countries, not about the United States. I remember thinking that I was so thankful that we were so far away from New York. Then I remember being saddened by the people who wouldn't be going home that night and for those families whose lives would never be the same.

It's also hard to believe that we have forgotten. We remember the impact that was felt in our lives, but we don't remember what it did to us as a nation. We don't remember the dignity, sympathy and compassion that our leaders had in the moments, days, weeks, months and years that followed. We want to blame a recession on the former president and the events of those days. We want to forget and move on because those days, those images, those courageous people that took matters into their own hands and helped to bring down a plane in a field, and limit the number of lives lost.

We have forgotten. We had too. It's human nature. It's part of the circle of life and the way that things work. We didn't want to, but life goes on. Even those people who lost someone that day, their lives went on.

There are tons of memorials today. There are tons of ways to remember and to honor those who have lost their lives that day, and the soldiers that have lost their lives since then. It's important today that we remember to honor those that sacrificed their lives so that our lives could be different.

~When the world says, "Give up," Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."  ~Author Unknown

~Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. ~Author Unknown

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