Sunday, September 11, 2011

I Am An American: We Remember 9/11

We all remember where we were ten years ago, today, and how we learned of the two planes flying into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the plane that flew into the Pentagon, and the fourth plane that flew into a field, taken down by courageous passengers who, when confronted with the loss of their own lives, made the choice to save those of others.

We all remember, watching in disbelief, as people died, people survived, and people committed enormous acts of heroism in the face of horror and malice.

The events of that day altered us as a nation. It shattered our sense of security and changed the way we looked at each other and the rest of the world. We were wounded deeply. And while there's been a lot of healing over the past ten years, there's still quite a ways to go.

There are those who (rightly) say that when you're injured or wounded, you can recover, but you're never as sound as once you were. There are also those who (also rightly) say, that surviving adversity will leave you stronger and tougher. More resilient.

I've come to realize that it's not an either/or situation. Both statements are true, and in the end, we can only choose what to do with what we have left. Hopefully, as a nation and as individuals, that choice will be to constantly strive to live well, the lives that so many died to save.1

We remember 9/11/01; we remember the thousands of lives lost, the hundreds of heroes forged, and the fact that on that day and today, we were and continue to be, Americans.


  1. I pray for comfort for those who lost their loved ones on that horrible day. I wish so much I could take your pain away. It seems so trite to say, but it's just so true, that it seems like just yesterday. The images are still so vivid, the fear, sadness, and terror still so palpable. 

    This is a hard day. God bless us and God bless our country and keep us safe. 

  2. Such a horrible thing. I'll never forget that day and the sense of fear and sadness I felt. Your friends to the north are remembering too and sending their love. xo

  3. please also remember those who have died as a consequence of US aggression in the wake of 9/11. they are equally worthy of mourning.