September 11: Never forget

Turning tragedy into strength

Patriot-DayThe sun was shining, the sky was clear, and people were going about their morning routines, all of them unaware of just how different that day would become. After all, there was nothing about it that made it seem out of the ordinary. It was just another beautiful September day.

But it was Sept. 11, 2001, and by 8:47 a.m., the world as we knew it ceased to be, replaced by one in in which we’re still emotionally torn between fears of another attack, sadness at the lives lost, and even anger at the cowardice of the perpetrators.

Our nation has changed a great deal since that day 13 years ago, but one thing that hasn’t? The American spirit.

Oh, sure, it’s easy to become jaded, especially in an election year. But talk to any military family, or to someone who served in the military, or even those who lost friends and loved ones in New York, Washington DC, or Pennsylvania, and you’ll see that the American spirit is still there. It just needs to be brought back to the forefront—as in the days after the attacks when we all felt a sense of unity and shared purpose that had been lacking for a generation or more.

So whether it’s donating your time and talents to a worthy cause, thanking someone who serves (or has served), or even something as simple as lending a neighbor a hand, try this week to find a way to recapture that feeling … to act as one … to remember that we’re all in this together. Not as liberals or conservatives, black or white, pious or non-religious, rich or poor.

But as Americans.


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