Sixteen years have gone by but there is still a sadness as the the fallen heroes of 911 are remembered around the world today. It is September 11th, Patriot Day. To honor the stories of 9/11 that started as an ordinary day in, Twitter created hashtags, #PatriotsDay and #Ground Zero. Needless to say, they have been trending as comments have poured in from around the states.
The memory of that tragic day is seared in my mind and the minds of the residents of my community, Rockville Centre on Long Island, who either knew one of the 48 who perished or who witnessed the horrific event in New York City. Others who were in town on 9/11 watched, in disbelief, the television as the news replayed the video of the falling towers. The town grieved then and continues each year to honor the memories of lives. We Still Remember!
Returning to Ground Zero over the years has brought tears to many an eye, including mine. The new Freedom Tower stands tall as a symbol of resiliency and hope in the American spirit. We still remember lives lost but many, like I, wish for a brighter future where hatred is overcome with kindness.
Sharing Acts of Kindness on September 11th (at Wonderopolis' Wonder Ground)
In my heart, I have kept the memory of 9/11 alive. Today, I watched another horror-the winds and waters of Hurricane Irma sweeping through Floridian towns and up the eastern seaboard. I wished for the safety of those in the area, including family and friends a brighter day tomorrow, knowing that
Forever she stands
America, our land!
I write at the end of a long day trying to make sense of the fragility of life and the uncertainty of tomorrow. It is soon to be Slice of Life Tuesday, a reflective time at Two Writing Teachers.