Still we rise

Those around to experience September 11, 2001 will never forget the impact this day had on the United States.
I remember I was in band class when my teacher turned on her TV.  We watched in disbelief.
The shock of such an attack sent a wave of chaos, anger, sadness, brokenness, and grief across the nation.
“Why” questions poured out from even the littlest of mouths.  To this day, 18 years later, people still don’t
fully understand.  2.996 lives were lost.

We, as Americans, will never not know the date September 11th.  It will always be a reminder of one of the worst tragedies in
United States history.  However, September 11th need also be remembered as a turning point.  A day where people of
all ages, walks of life, religions, sexual identity/orientation, race, etc.- rose above, reached out, offered a helping hand; standing
united in strength, courage, and dignity.

I’ll finish the post today with one of my favorite poems written in remembrance of 9/11:

The Eleventh Of September
Written by Roger J. Robicheau ©2002
The Poetic Plumber

We mourn their loss this day this year
Those now with God, no danger near

So many loved ones left do stand
Confronting loss throughout our land

My heart goes out to those who do
No one can fathom what they view

I firmly pray for peace of mind
Dear God please help each one to find

And to our soldiers now at war
God guide above, at sea, on shore

They are the best, I have no doubt
Our country’s pride, complete, devout

The finest force you’ll ever see
All freedom grown through liberty

One final thought comes clear to me
For what must live in infamy

Absolutely – We’ll Remember
The Eleventh – Of September

With sincere gratitude, we thank the men and women who lost their lives fighting for us 
on land, sea, and in air.

Take a moment of silence today.

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