As we look back on the day the United States was attacked, also remember the day we came together as a nation. Let us honor the lives we lost on September 11, 2001 by remembering the day as a glimpse of what we can accomplish when we serve together.
While I wish I could share more recent interviews from survivors and first responders, reality is over the last 16 years, many of them continue to fall victim to the attacks. Today, the New York Police Department announced 33 more officers have died as a result of responding to the World Trade Center on September 11th. Many of the survivors continue to suffer from illnesses brought on by the dust, debris, and carcinogens created where the towers once stood.
Today, I decided to spend the day exploring one of our national treasures and giving thanks to God for all the blessings that continue to be bestowed upon me. It was the feeling of unity and faith that I remember. I have never forgotten what that was like because every day I work hard to retain those feelings and nurture relationships.
Before I say goodbye let me clarify by saying, tragedy is not always the prerequisite for unity. If we want to reclaim the spirit of unity felt the day after September 11th, I encourage you to work tirelessly every day to nurture your relationships with your faith and the people around you. Here are a few suggestions:
See the faces and hear the stories of survivors, first responders, and others as they reflect on the events of 9/11 a decade later.