This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." ~Elmer Davis
Sunday marked the ten year anniversary of 9/11. Since the beginning of the weekend, it seems that everyone is talking about it. As I surfed through our one hundred channels on television, most were featuring special coverage commemorating that life-changing day in our country's history. It's a painful subject, and it churns up a lot of deeply sad memories. But I think that's okay. In fact, I think it's a really good thing.
For those of us who live and breathe and go about our daily business, it seems more than appropriate that we pause as a nation to reflect back and remember, and to show our respects to the many who lost their lives...and the countless whose lives were personally impacted by it. How many kids are growing up without a parent because of 9/11? How many lost a spouse, a child, a sibling, a close friend? How many are still suffering from the trauma of simply being close to the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, or the crash site of that passenger plane? How many are battling serious health issues because they made the brave choice to answer the cries for help and rushed to give aid?
Yes, I think it's a very good thing that we as a united country have paused from daily activities to remember the victims, and to pray for all of the survivors. May we never forget, and may we never grow complacent. Nine/eleven has come and gone, but I say, let's keep remembering; let's keep our flags waving proudly, and let's hold fast to the spirit of America ~ the spirit of the "land of the free, home of the brave" that makes ours the greatest nation on earth.
Today, I remember the many people who, ten years ago today, were still waiting to find out about a loved one. You are not forgotten...and neither is your loved one. May God heal your broken hearts, and may He bless this great country that we call home.
"I will give them ~ within the walls of My house~
a memorial and a name
far greater than sons and daughters could give.
For the name I give them is an everlasting one.
It will never disappear!"