Usually on anniversaries you would hear people say the word “Happy” in front of that word but this particular anniversary does not exude happiness, especially for those who have to live with the loss of a loved one. Husbands lost wives; wives lost husbands; sons and daughters lost their mother and fathers. There is nothing ‘happy’ about that.
Now, 13 years later, we are still honoring all those whose lives were taken in a tragic terrorist attack on our country. There are schools that have opted to have no school today and some that will only be in session for half the day (like my children’s school). There are employees that have chosen to take this day off and even some companies that have continued to implement the “moment of silence”.
Although I did not personally lose anyone on this day, I believe that the world came together (and continues to come together) in a way that we never have before. We all felt some sense of loss in the many people that did actually lose someone that they knew and loved. When I look at all of this, and think about the many lives that were affected by these attacks, I cannot help but feel a sense of camaraderie. It’s a sense of ‘standing in the gap’ for our brothers and sisters and I love this display of unity and hope.
Not only do we honor those that passed on to the other life, on this day, but we also honor the many brave men and women that have died fighting to defend our freedoms, that we hold so dearly. There are no words that can express the deep gratitude that many of us feel when we think about our men and women in uniform (soldiers, police officers, firefighters, etc.). There is also no way to repay the sacrifice so many military families and civilian families have had to make so that we may live and raise our children in a free society. So, although, this day does not bring with it great memories, it does bring a sense of unity that we have never had before.
My grandmother used to say “Give me my flowers before I’m gone.” I’m sure many of you know what she meant by that but this is what I took it to mean… To honor her while she is still living and let her know that I cared while she could still respond to it. With that in mind, I leave you with this…why not tell someone you love that you love them now? We never know what tomorrow may bring.