September 11, 2001, how can any of us forget!
We somehow remember where we were, what we were doing, and how we felt after those harrowing moments, when are world was transformed and rocked. Today marks the 10th anniversary of that fateful day. The people who lost their lives, were sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, friends, coworkers, and a multitude of other titles too numerous to list. They were all individuals who held special places in the lives of those who love them and miss them. They are not forgotten, no more so than the families members who we have lost to death. Their memories live on in the hearts of those who held them dear. Their very essence of part of each and every person who comprised their lives.
My prayer for those who died, their family and friends, is one of peace and love, of continually finding the strength and courage to face each new day, and the knowledge that their sacrifice is not forgotten. I may not personally know them, their names, but I understand the pain of loss, the confusion of grief, and the longing to once again hold them near. May we never forget those who sacrifice their lives every day to keep us all safe, to insure that freedom continues to be our birth right and that we are a people who longs for unity and love. Life is fleeting, it is a wondrous gift, and each and every person is a gift to each other, to their families, their communities and to our world.
The memory of today is a great sorrow for the United States, but every nation understands loss, understands grief, recognizes tragedy, and in this knowledge, we all stand united as people who recognize that life is precious, and that regardless of where you live, we are a people who long to be loved, and who need to love.
May God continue to bless us, bless the United States and everyone who sheds a tear for a loved one.
Let us never forget! We shall never forget! You are always in our hearts, today, tomorrow and always.
Blessings! and until we meet again.