Never Forget

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911It is 12:05 am, September 11, 2014.  It is hard to believe that 13 years ago on this day, our lives would change forever… I was sound asleep in my bed, never imagining what the day would hold.  I can still see the TV screen in my mind, over and over the scenes play… planes crashing into the twin towers, the towers collapsing, people running and utter chaos.  I don’t remember footage of the other crashes, I just remember my utter disbelief at it happening.  Doubtless most of us can remember this day… It is a day we vowed to never forget.

That day thousands of people lost their lives: mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters.  Our nation was turned upside down in a matter of moments.  Today, we honor and remember those who died on September 11, 2001.  There are numerous stories of courage and bravery, sacrifice and kindness, communities ripped apart, but brought together.

Hours passed…

Days passed…

Weeks passed…

During this time over 50,000 first responders who worked in the ruins the twin towers.  Over 400 emergency personnel lost their lives on 9/11.   These men and women who have vowed to protect and serve, gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Even today, as I arrived home, there were sirens on the street.  Always ready to answer the call, these men and women serve to keep us safe.   All around us we are surrounded by angels in uniforms.  Let them know, today and everyday, that you appreciate what they do and the sacrifices they make.

1000 Gifts:

Gift #13. First Responders

Gift #14.  Security

 

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