Sunday, September 11, 2011


This morning I am sure we all share a collective thought in remembering the tragic events of 9/11. Thinking about the 10 year anniversary and how our lives were forever changed, is still to this day, heartbreaking. Thousands of Americans died that day. Husbands, Wives, Neighbors, Friends, Children, Loved Ones, all lost, many with no chance to say goodbye. I remember sitting in front of the television 10 years ago thinking, we will never feel safe again. We are vulnerable. In the 10 years that has passed since the terrorist attack, life has moved on. Time healed many wounds and happiness entered our lives once more. It might be easy for some to let the memory of 9/11 fade far into the background. While I do not believe it is necessary to dwell on the terrorist attack, I also will not forget. I will not let it become just another date on the calendar.  I will not let the memory fade. We must remember.  We must remember to be thankful for all those that serve. Thankful for our police, our firefighters, our military, our National Guard, all the men and women of our country that sacrifice their lives daily. We need to remember to be thankful for our "ordinary" heroes. People who, for the love of a fellow American, would willingly go back into harm's way to save someone else. We have heroes at home and abroad. I believe there is a hero inside each and every one of us. So do something heroic with your life. Give of yourself to another human being. Help someone out in need. Send a care package to an unknown service man or woman. Bring homebaked cookies to your local fire station.  Go out of your way to thank someone. Don't fall into the routine of every day is the same. Be grateful to be alive. Be grateful for your family and do not forget to tell them how much you care.  Open your hearts and share your blessings. And never, ever think that 9/11 is just one isolated incident. Do not ever take your freedom for granted. It is not free.

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