Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11/01: Ten Years Later


Today we reflect upon the tragedy of Tuesday September 11, 2001. A day of horror, a day of tragedy, a day of unimaginable loss. I remember feeling a sense of emptiness as I kept my eyes fixed on the events that unfolded on the various networks. I felt paralyzed and numb.  I was overwhelmed by mixed emotions even though I was not directly impacted. I did not know any of the victims nor their families and yet sadness, fear, uncertainty and anger all rushed in at once. We all shared in the pain with our fellow citizens.

It's been a decade and we are triumphant. The terrorists broke our buildings but not our spirit. They took lives but not the memories. They were menacing but not strong enough to take our freedom. That's the power of the United States of America. When faced with adversity we band together and become one in prayer and resilience and we fight back!
  • To the First Responders: We are forever grateful.
  • To the men and women of our Armed Forces who protect our freedom and those who paid the ultimate price: We sincerely appreciate you.
  • To the families of the victims: We pray for your continued healing and comfort.
  • To the survivors: We pray for your continued strength and faith.
It is my hope that we remain vigilant as we rebuild our lives. We must maintain the spirit of oneness and not take our freedom for granted. We must appreciate our life and the lives of others. I pray for the safe return of our troops who are still fighting to protect our freedom. May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America. Be thankful, be healed, be comforted, be prayerful and embrace your journey.

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