Sunday, September 11, 2016

Remembering 911

Fifteen years have gone by but there is still a sadness as the the fallen heroes of 911 are remembered around the world on September 11th. The memory of the day is seared in the minds of the residents of my community, Rockville Centre, who either personally witnessed the disaster, had family and friends who were involved, or were horrified by the attack. 

Last night, at St. Agnes Cathedral in the village of Rockville Centre, N.Y., the names of the villagers who lost their lives in the horrific tragedy were read. Parishioners were asked to pass by the plaque mounted in the church to honor the memory of those who perished and pray for world peace. Today, as I watch the Day of Remembrance ceremony, I am deeply touched by the speeches of family members memorializing their loved ones who were victims of the tragedy. Young teens and adults who lost their parents and family members on September 11, 2001 are speaking with passion and through tears. One young man provided a charge for all watching, "Be the connection the world needs. Be the unity."

The following hashtags on Twitter honoring September 11th are trending: #WhereWereHere, #Remembering911, #NeverForget, #Pentagon, and #Flight93. I add this digital that I captured from the ceremony so we can all remember that we need to share the change that is needed in this world to bring harmony, serenity, and peaceful existence to all. 

Today, you might wish to share a random act of kindness as a gesture of good will and human spirit. For younger children, reference to the official Random Act of Kindness Day can be found at Wonderopolis' Wonder of the Day #137.

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