Today is the anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks. Let’s take some time and reflect on the lives that were lost and all the families tragically impacted. Today I am pushing a blog by someone who one worked in the World Trade Center who lived through that dark day in history. Finally I am asking if we as a country can go back to the days when we were united in spirit.
“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”
“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”
George W Bush
Today September 11, is the anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history. It was a time when life came to a halt when I picked up the phone and heard my Mom scream that we were attacked. For my 91 year old grandmother in Montana at the time she re-lived the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7, 1941. September 11, 2001 is a day that goes down in history forever in our nation. For me it will always be a day of loss. At times I wondered how the families of those affected by the attacks in the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania dealt with the searing loss. A couple of years ago I told my story of September 11, in “Remembering September 11, 2001.” But everyone has a story as everyone remembers that day.
Today I am going to do something different. I am going to feature and push a blog by someone who once worked in the World Trade Center. He had jury duty the day the attacks took place. Ed Jerlin’s blog is very personal and a witness to history. But on days like today I wish we could remember all those families who lost so much at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. You can read Ed Jerlin’s blog here.
Finally in closing this post out I want to make a plea to all those who read this. How many remember what the days were like after September 11, 2001? The hospitality, warmth, and people who flu their flags with pride. I remember driving in Wisconsin and in Chicago and seeing flags everywhere I went. There were streets in Milwaukee where every house had an American flag displayed. How many remember when we spoke civilly to each other? When it didn’t matter if you were Republican or Democrat or Independent? All that mattered is that you loved this country and were an American. How many remember when the country came together and people from Congress sang on the steps of the Capitol? How many recall when George W Bush visited a mosque after September 11, 2001? How many recall how we saw the “better angels of our nature” on display? I do, and I want us to go back to those days. Days where we could talk and speak to each other and not withdraw into echo chambers. For the sake of our families, friends, and those whose lives were touched by the September 11, 2001 tragedy lets return to those days. That is the cry, from the depths of my heart…let’s return to building each other up and living in civility.