Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Remember

I know there will be many 9/11 tributes out in the blogosphere today, mine probably the least of these. I’m not going to detail where I was, what I was doing, who I was with. I’m not going to chronicle the horror and terror and tears.

People are resilient. We’ve created a new normal for ourselves, a new kind of everyday. Every year the anniversary rolls around and we say, “I can’t believe it’s been another year already. It seems like yesterday.” On those days, it does. But most days of the year, we... don’t forget, exactly. More like it’s a part of that new normal. We are changed because of it. But accepting change is, in the end, a part of our resilience.

So on days like today, when we’re reminded of what we have lost, what we have earned, and what can never, ever be regained, it strikes hard. Today, it really does feel like these past ten years have only been a moment. Today is beautiful, and bitter.

Today, we remember.

We remember the sacrifices; the ones made willingly, and the ones forced on innocent people.

We remember the grief and the anger.

We remember the first responders who looked death in the face, and in doing so, preserved life.

We remember the service men and women who gave their all, and continue to give their all, to protect us.

We remember the families who will never be the same. The fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, the children left fatherless and motherless.

We remember that our nation was born from adversity, born from ashes, and through our weakness, we find new strength.

We remember that in God we DO trust.

Today, we remember, and never forget.

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