|One of the reflecting pools at the
World Trade Center memorial site in New York City
Eleven years ago today, on the crisp and clear autumn morning of September 11, 2001 in New York City and Washington, DC, people went about the business of getting ready to lead their lives.
In both cities, people were unaware of the destruction ahead. People said good-bye to their loved ones and left for work. They started another day in the one place where they wanted to do their jobs and raise their families.
But it was not to be. Almost 3,000 people died from the terrorist attacks and through the powerful recollections of those who did survive, we come together today as a nation and remember and recollect the unique paths of those who gave their lives on this tragic day. We honor their memories and pray for their souls. Today has become a national day of service and community service activities planned for today include writing thank you notes to veterans and military families, collecting coats for the homeless and building houses.
We thank God that we got to know them even if it was a short period of time.
In particular, September 11th showed me in the most graphic way possible that life really and truly can change instantly and in ways you never imagined. While you want to believe and need to believe that you will see someone again, you can’t count on that happening. If there is something you want to tell someone you must say it when you feel it. If you admire someone, if you like someone, if you are thankful to someone or you love someone, make sure they know it.
Go out of your way today and please make sure that the people you care about know that they improve your life, bring joy to your life, and that they are special to you.