Today is 911. I have no pretty pictures to post, no flowers or waterfalls. No little adventures in quaint locales to chat about. Today is 911 and I still remember. I will always remember.
I can't imagine that I have anything to add that other far more eloquent and skilled writers have said already. I just wanted to say that I remember and that I will always remember. I will never forget the men and women who lost their lives that day in such a horrible and insensible way. I will never forget the shock wave of loss that tore the lives of their families apart forever. It may be eight years later and some may think that it is "time to move on", time to turn this date into some kind of national picnicking holiday. I do not. I do not think that one day in September is too much to ask of me.
This day is not a day for politics or personal agendas. It is not about the Right or Left, Presidents or wars. It is about the men and women we watched jump out of buildings to escape an unimaginable horror. They jumped in pairs and in groups holding hands. No one was holding a political placard. They joined in courageous defiance to fight their attackers on a plane giving their own lives to save others. They were Americans doing what Americans do. They were individuals enjoying the freedom to live their lives as they saw fit. They held wildly varying views on endless topics but at the core of each person was a testament to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. They were Americans in action and in deed.
I will weep this day. I will feel the tears well up from the deepest parts of my heart and soul, and I will not begrudge this pain. My tears will not have political sides or opinions on the war. They will not be for my lost illusions of national peace. No, my tears will be for all the men and women who have given their lives because they believed in Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
One day is not too much to ask of me on another beautiful September day. I will always remember you.
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