Today we remember those fallen on this day 11 years ago. Across the country, memorial services are held, those who lost friends and family mourn and remember their faces and their spirits. I along with many in this great nation pause and pay tribute for those now gone forever, and for those who continue to fight against the ugly face of evil and terror here in this sphere of remembrance.
Many remember the tragic day as if it were yesterday. I can recall exactly where I was when the news first broadcast. I had just went to work and clocked in for my shift that morning. It was a slow day and after an hour had passed I walked to the break-room while passing by a few in the hall who had tears in their eyes. After pouring a soft-drink I looked at the TV and saw a building on fire… Soon after I began watching, groups of others all convened in front of the television, many in shock, many in utter disbelief. And though I was over 1500 miles away from the towers, I too watched in horror as the second plane smashed into the second tower. In watching the towers crumble to the ground my heart sank with ache, as though it heard thousands of voices suddenly cry out in pain.
We can learn much from the memory of this wound. The scar will never in my mind fade. For those of us who have lost loved ones, and for we who proudly served our country, this day marks the legacy of an ideal that can still be realized; a dream of freedom and the ideal of compassion for all people, no matter creed, religion or caste. This ideal is attainable, and for the memory and honor of so many fallen angels and soldiers we should do our duty to see that this ideal is realized and embodied by our children. Here now, there is time for life. There is no time for hate.
We saw many things that day 11 years ago. We saw horror, fear and hatred. We saw evil at it’s raw and wretched nature. We saw sadness and pain. But what else did we see? We saw pure heroism, selflessness, love, hope and unity. We saw those with no regard for their own safety rush to help their fellow brothers in their hour of need. This is what is human. This is the ideal, and to live this ideal is our legacy.
My thoughts and prayers are with all those who lost, all those who mourn, all those who fight and all those who choose to remember on this day. Peace be to all.