It was a normal day for me and for most. I was just starting 1st grade. I was getting ready to go out on to the play ground for recess when the secretary came to get me. Then my dad came and got me. The next thing I knew I was at home watching this very scary movie on tv about a plane crashing into a building. However, that was no movie and little did I know things in our country where changing at a fast rate. And now, nineteen years later, we still remember.
We remember this day because of the tragedy that was brought upon us. Because we watched in horror as the towers fell knowing there was nothing we could do to save the people in them. And as we watched as the planes struck, we knew that the innocent people within them saw their final moments. For the weeks months and years that follow we continue to mourn their deaths and feel for the families who lost their loved ones. We grieve for them and for the fact that we were not as safe as we thought we were or as invincible. And as we accept our vulnerability, we will continue to keep in our memories of all of the people who tragically lost their lives simply because they where Americans.
So today, instead of living my normal day to day at my fast pace, My life today is going to slow and I am going to take a moment. And I am going to hold onto the man I love a little longer. Today, that morning kiss that I give him will be a little sweeter. And I am going to take some time in the kitchen just to listen to the sweet sound of my baby sisters laughter. Today I am going to cuddle up with my pup and watch my favorite movie. Because today, I am going to spend the day finding the sweetest moments in life and plan to hang onto them a little tighter.
I’m going to do this because last night nineteen years ago, families didn’t know that these sweet moments, the ones we all take for granted where going to be stolen from them. I cannot think of a better way to honor those innocent people who died then to hold on to the moments that I’m certain they and their families would give anything to have back if only given the chance.
Yes nineteen years ago tragedy struck us, but nineteen years later, let’s come together and find the hope and magic of living this wonderful life full of freedoms!
Let freedom ring. 9/11 Never Forget.
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