Today, We Remember

Sophomore year sitting in high school Health Class - a knock on the door, our principal at the time whispered in the teachers ear and she began to cry, not a regular cry, a painful and deep cry. A sobbing that I pray I never hear again.

Her daughter had just graduated college and got a great job in New York City, in Tower One. Phones were down. It was hectic. It took almost 2 days before anyone knew that she was okay, that she was not in the building at the time.  

Sixteen, that is the number of years that passed since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon. Today is a day for remembrance, resolve, renewal, and Unity.

Take a moment to recall those who were most directly affected by this tragedy. The people who died, those were injured, and those who lost loved ones.

I encourage you to close your eyes and recall the selfless first-responders: firefighters, police, chaplains, emergency workers, and so many others—who risked and often lost their own lives to save others.

We also remember how our nation responded to the terrifying events of that day. We, as a nation, turned to prayer and faith; we found our inner strength; and we all turned to one another to offer help, strength, and support. We came together across all religious, political, social and ethnic lines to stand as one Nation to heal wounds and defend against terrorism.

I resolved then, and still do today: to reject hatred, terrorism both foreign and domestic, and to resist attempts to dehumanize any population.  The greatest resource we have in times of fear and struggle is each other. We must continue to band together! In the face of Terror, in times of challenge, in the face of any disaster that comes our way: we, as people, must come together in support of each other. It is my way, it is the American way.

As we face today's challenges of injustice, disaster, people out of work, families struggling, and the continuing dangers of wars and terrorism, dig deep and remember the 9/11 spirit of unity - stand as one.

I pray that the lasting legacy of 9/11 is not fear and anger, but rather hope for a world and people renewed.

Please, take a minute today. Remember 2,606 lives that were taken that day. Pray for the first-responders and those on the ground who are plagued with medical conditions as a result of the attacks. And say a prayer for all of the people who lost a loved one.

We remember that, no matter what divisions we may perceive, it will always be true that we are one nation: indivisible and resolved.

-Alicia

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