I know the day is not here yet. However, today is a day of worship. Today in churches around the world heads will be bowed in prayer for those who lost everything that day. Military men and women will be honored as well as firefighters and law enforcement officers of all kinds.
Take a moment our of the day to remember those still fighting the war on terrorism. Because they do what they do, the rest of us are not afraid! We can go shopping, send our kids to school and walk into a government building and know all is safe. We still have our freedom.
The USA is a country others come to, to find safety and security. It is a country where dreams become reality. We are strong.
Me? Not so much. When those towers fell I was sad for those who died and heart broken for the rescuers. But I knew something else too. After the second tower fell I knew that my family would be called upon to do our duty. My husband would leave to fight a war in another country. I would be his cheerleader and comfort those left behind.
9-11 was so much more to me than just a single day. It was years of uncertainty and heart ache. It was saying good bye to my husband over and over again. It was the knowledge that the threat isn't gone. Our government works every day to sniff out new threats and stop new attacks before they happen. We are safe because many people just like my own husband are out there working to keep us safe. We were a part of that.
I thought i could do it now that we aren't military anymore. I thought I could walk into a church on 911 and remember those who gave everything. But I can't. Not yet. I think it is still too fresh. We are too newly out of that life. We were all falling apart at the thought of facing yet another ceremony to remember. I know the other firefighters won't understand our absence but that is ok. The decision to stay home took a weight off of my family. Every one of us relaxed.
It was the right thing to do.
What do I ask of you?
NEVER FORGET! If we forget, it happens again
DON'T BE AFRAID! If you are afraid, they won and I won't let that happen!
LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST!
and last but not least? PRAY!