I can’t remember a single detail about September 10, 2001. I don’t know where I was, who I was with, or the events of my day.
But perhaps, just like you, every single detail of September 11, 2001 is perfectly clear. I remember where I was sitting when I heard the news. I remember every single person who was in the room with me watching the television that day. I remember the brightness of the morning sun and the slight chill in the air as the sun set on my town’s candlelight service.
I remember the fear and the unknown and the confusion and the tears. I remember the sense of community with strangers and the overwhelming heartbreak and sadness for “neighbors” who lived hundreds of miles away in NY, DC, and PA.
September 11, 2001 is the most pivotal event in my life’s history. When I need to remember any time or date in my lifetime, I think back to September 11, 2001 and count the years forwards or backwards.
And I can’t recall anything about September 10th of that year. Not a single detail. But it marks the ending of a completely different way of life. The Pre-9/11 World.
On September 11th, in the face of disaster, America was wounded.
And on September 12th, Americans proved to be resilient.
Heads were held higher. Flags were flown proudly. Communities were rebuilt.
We remember the tragedy of the day. We remember the lives that were lost and those who are rebuilding. We remember to thank those who sacrifice their lives for us every day.
We remember to say “I love you” more often. We remember to watch sunsets. We remember to soak in the memories of each day. We remember that the “little” things really are the “big” things after all.
September 11, 2001 marked the beginning of remembering.
Today, and always, Send Word Now remembers those affected by September 11, 2001. _