“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
While the speech was given nearly 140 years earlier, last line of the Gettysburg Address is so relevant in terms of September 11. I will never forget where I was that day as I turned on the television and heard the tragic news while my husband was in Naples, Florida and my three children sound asleep upstairs in their rooms. Thirteen years ago this morning, our nation was shaken as 2,977 innocent men, women, and children perished in the September 11th deadly terrorist attacks on American soil. I will never forget the horrific events of that fateful day, nor will I forget those lives lost, the countless loved ones they abruptly left behind, nor the strength, courage, and resolve that united an entire nation in the days and years that followed September 11. Today, I celebrate the heroism of those who put themselves in harm’s way to help their fellow citizens. America remembers. Our nation and the rest of the world remember.
I also keep in mind those who have continued to work around the clock to keep our nation safe and secure from future terrorist attacks-–from our local emergency responders to the members of our Armed Forces. They put their lives on the line and take risks every day for us–we owe ’em and their families a tremendous debt of gratitude. SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 changed the lives of every person in this world.
Life is a series of joys and sorrows. I can’t dwell in either of those states; like a shark, I have to keep moving to stay alive. Move on, but, not to forget. Move forward into love and joy. Today, I remember that freedom is worth defending and my values worth protecting. In the face of new threats and challenges, may we draw unity and shared purpose from the resilience our country showed in its darkest days. America is the brightest beacon for freedom in the world. No one will keep that light from shining.
I will never forget seeing what hate can destroy…I will never forget seeing what love can heal…~~Steve Maraboli
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