Eighteen years ago, on this Wednesday, The United States of America was changed forever. Those old enough will remember exactly where they were that morning. The attack, now known simply by the date of its occurrence as 9/11, was nothing like this country had ever seen before, and hopefully will never again. The images were horrifying and unforgettable. We were unified as a country and we rallied together in the subsequent days, weeks and months. Unfortunately, I feel like a lot of that unity has faded away, but that is a story for a different day.
Two years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the 9/II Memorial & Museum in New York City. It is a fascinating collection of stories and memorabilia located at the base of the Twin Towers. I found it to be incredibly well done, powerful, but somber and reverent. My granddaughter, who was not even born at the date of the attacks, was riveted. She came home with an understanding, and true feel for that tragedy that she will never get from a textbook. I encourage you to visit if you have the chance.
Take a moment today to recall the events of eighteen years ago. Think about the lives lost. Ponder the unity that grew out of tragedy. Reflect on the actions of the first responders. Consider where we are in the war on terror. Ensure that the events of that day are not forgotten by the next generation. Most of all be proud of the great country we live in and the freedom we enjoy.