Today, in lieu of the anniversary of 9-11-01, I wanted to run the post below instead of a Friday Flashback. Join me next week for that.
I wrote the post below on the sixth anniversary of 9-11. This weekend will mark the 10th anniversary. The emotions, just as raw. In remembrance I wanted to republish that post. I hope that my post capsulizes what most Americans felt and remember about that day. While it is a post that is very personal to me, I invite you to read because as Americans I feel that the emotions, no matter our diversity as individuals, are ones we can all relate to.
Within the post is photographs that I took when my family was in New York September of 2003, not quite 2 years following the attacks. You can click on any of the photos for a larger view. It was an emotional moment for my family as we visited. The silence there was deafening. There is a photo below of my son, "Bama" (age 13 at the time) that for me, really encompasses that time we spent there on that hallowed ground.
While standing at the foot of rumble, I noticed a huge sign on one building across from ground zero with this quote,
"The human spirit is not measured by the size of the act, but the size of the heart".
May there be peace.
The 6th Anniversary of 9/11, my feelings by Leigh
Today is the solemn 6th anniversary of 9/11. It is a somber day, a day that honestly changed me as a person. It changed millions of people. This is just my story, my personal reflection. I do not mean to take anything away from those that actually lived through it all-but didn't we all do that? We all experienced it. It isn't often that a simple "man" lives through a day when it suddenly changes the course of history and the world "he" lives in. It is a day I will never forget as long as I shall live. I recall the innocence of that morning preparing my daughter, "Sister Sledge" for kindergarten. I also had a new baby at home, J. Smooth was almost a year old. The biggest issue in my day was what kind of cereal Sister Sledge would want and to turn on Sesame Street so J Smooth could watch "Elmo's World". Then a neighbor came to my door and told me to put on my TV. I asked my child to allow me to turn Elmo so I could see why my neighbor was so insistent. It was then that I saw the replay of the first plane crash into the tower, minutes later another. This day all innocence was lost.
My deepest condolences to the many people who lost their lives and who lost a loved one on that tragic day. I grieve for all of those lost as though they were my own family, friends and coworkers. For the ash the permeated the air on that day blanketed the nation. We will all forever be affected by that day. While most of us were not there physically- we were there, through our TV and computer screens, living through it.
That day still haunts me and perhaps it always will. I think most Americans were profoundly affected by that day six years ago. But I also know this, that Americans are quite resilient and continue to work their way back from this tragedy. We all have been able to witness the strength of New York City, and its economic and spiritual recovery. There is immense pride in the city as well as this great nation. Through tragedy comes strength. I think that is what happened six years ago. We realized our devotion to our country, it awakened a truth and perspective that we sometimes overlook....freedom.
Today, I fly old glory from my rooftop with pride that we still stand strong in the face of terrorism and adversity. Terrorism is meant to cause fear so that control can be gained. It is hard, but we must go on and not show fear. We are not but one country-we are millions of individuals of many creeds, color, ethnicity and religion and we together make up this great land that we love.
May those that lost their lives rest in peace and may peace be found by those who continue on. My sincere thanks to those serving in our military, it is the most honorable thing you can do as an American. My sincere gratitude to God for allowing me the privilege to be born into this great nation. May God Bless the USA!