It's hard to believe that it was 9 years ago today. Sometimes it feels like just yesterday. I can remember getting ready for work and hearing my phone ring. I remember thinking, geez, it's quite early for someone to be calling me, I wonder what's wrong. When I answered the phone, I was greeted with my mother's shaken voice....she asked if I was watching the news...she said an explosion happened in one of the towers in New York City. I was a bit confused....as she continued to sporadically try and tell me what happened, I walked over to the TV and flipped it on. To my utter horror, I saw my mom was right, there was smoke pouring from the side of one of the towers. I sat there dumbfounded. What had happened? Who could have done this? And then, just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, a plane flew right into the second tower.
Within two hours, those symbols of New York City...of America...came crashing to the ground. In an instant all of our lives were changed.
We must never forget that day. We must never forget those who lost their lives in this tragic event. We must never forget those that courageously climbed the stairs of those buildings to help rescue others, knowing the danger that lay ahead of them.
I believe that in the face of the enemy, we united together...We showed the world that even through this tragic event, we could united...we could stand as one...we could be PROUD to be American's.
But have we lost that? Have we forgotten how to be kind to others, how to be patriotic, how to be proud that we are American's? For the sake of our children, I hope not.
So, today, I ask that you take just one moment and think about those who lost their lives that day....for those that have lost their lives since then. Today, honor those who died standing up to the terrorists by rushing the cockpit of a plane, knowing their lives would be lost, by going above and beyond yourself....be extra kind to people you don't even know, help a neighbor with his yard work, let that guy in the next lane over even though he's not using his blinker!
But most of all, today, be proud to be an American!