Posts tagged 9/11
I am so THANKFUL for the courageous men and women who faced fear head on and rushed to the rescue of so many others. Risking their own lives, countless first responders and civilians alike went to the aid of fellow Americans. 9/11 brings forth a harsh memory, one that was emblazoned in the minds of the nation and put a pin mark in history that seemingly stopped time in its tracks and knocked the entire world of its axis. There is no one who cannot tell you exactly where they were at 8:46am EST on the dreadful morning on September 11, 2001.
Despite this monumentally horrific event, the result is something the cowardly attackers could have not planned for or imagined. They thought they had delivered a crippling blow to the American people and the government’s infrastructure, but they could not have been more wrong. For that, I am very THANKFUL. Instead of succumbing to fear, everyone, including the perpetrators, witnessed the true strength, fortitude, and survival instincts of New Yorkers and the country! What they meant for evil, God used for good!
There is not doubt that the fall of the towers, the hole in the Pentagon, and the loss of so many lives, put a damper on the American spirit and struck a chord of despair and fear in many. But that was a momentary lapse of a weakened society. However, weakened does not mean defeated! I am THANKFUL that as Americans we can take a blow, even get knocked down, but we will still rise, we will defend our country with every fiber in our body until our last breath has been taken, and we will protect each other and our walls with all our might. Walls may fall and lives taken away, but we will rebuild bigger and better.
I am THANKFUL for what came out of the rubble and what rose from the fire – hope, camaraderie, and a newly discovered vitality. I am THANKFUL because when the dust settled, we were a stronger nation and united we still stand!
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela ~ #NeverForgetNeverSurrender
On this Thankful Thursday, I’m especially THANKFUL for the men and women who proudly serve us all without hesitation. It takes a special person to willingly face the ills of the world and voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect and secure others’ freedom.
With the passing of 9/11 and the memories of destruction and despair still fresh, it is the images of all those that pushed caution aside and rushed into danger making every effort to save and help those that were trapped. We see so often how so many neglect their fellow-man and turn a blind eye when help is needed, but when you remember the aftermath of that day, you can’t help but be proud of the true essence of mankind and America. The Star-Spangled Banner’s opening epitomizes that essence – “O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
We all should embrace this attitude and seek ways of serving our families, neighborhoods, and communities. What a greater world we could see if each person took a moment to help where the need arises. Remember the brave men abroad and stateside, whether locally or are in the armed forces who bravely sacrifice their lives to insure ours. Not only should we salute and applaud them, but we should thank them every chance we get for their tremendous service. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
“Though my work may be menial, though my contribution may be small, I can perform it with dignity and offer it with unselfishness. My talents may not be great, but I can use them to bless the lives of others…. The goodness of the world in which we live is the accumulated goodness of many small and seemingly inconsequential acts.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley
“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results… but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.” ~ George R.R. Martin
Again our country, our community, has been struck with a senseless act of violence. The people in the Boston area have been shaken and their sense of security has been forever marred and tarnished.
What started out as Patriot’s day, a holiday in Massachusetts celebrating the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, quickly turned into another national tragedy. The casualties may not have been on the same level as 9/11 or the massacre in Newtown, CT., but the brashness and lack of empathy for human life by the perpetrators is no different and that impact is equally destructive. The Boston Marathon, which was supposed to be the culmination of the holiday’s festivities, turned into a media and law enforcement frenzy as everyone became glued to their televisions, computer, and phones waiting for updates and praying collectively for the nightmare to be over.
The fear caused by this heinous act is trickling throughout the country like a rock skipping across a pond causing a ripple effect. Every sporting event following the marathon has quadrupled security and taken extra measures to give the participants a safe environment. But what is more astonishing, the participants are still coming out! No one has shied away, in fact, they’ve come out stronger, in droves, exhibiting the sense of pride and resiliency this country in known for. What you meant for evil…
Let it be said again, we won’t coward in fear or run and hide! We will overcome and rise again. Yes, it’s disheartening and devastating, but it will not be debilitating! Like 9/11, Newtown, Virginia Tech, and so many others, we will rally together, support those that have been struck with grief and loss, and build anew and greater. These acts of violence will not deter or diminish our spirit of patriotism nor discourage our goals to be a better country. If anything, it creates a stronger bond, connects us on a deeper level, and fortifies the American collective of one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all!