Tuesday, September 11, 2012
During the course of this day many thoughts, memories and emotions were within every American. We all reflected whether it was thoughts of a family member or a friend some way involved in the terrorist attacks, thoughts about the thousands of innocent civilians killed that day, the hundreds of emergency workers also killed that day, the suffering of the workers of the World Trade Center site who are just now discovering the cancerous effects it had on their bodies, or even the grief from the casualties of war that continue to be a result from the war on terrorism. As one of the authors for this website I have been struggling for words to post on the site about the September 11th anniversary since last night. In fact, eleven years later there are still no words that could possibly describe that day or put it in perspective. The consolation is to possibly take away lessons we all can use to make ourselves a better person. So, while surfing social media today I came across a great saying that can teach us all a “lesson”. And it is ironic that the post is not only from a well respected retired Fire Chief from the KPVFC, but also a retired History teacher. So, please take another minute to read the following comments and reflect………..
I keep hearing and reading the words "never forget". Fine words, but a lot happened that day, so what exactly should we remember? I have a thought: every once in a while something happens -usually something tragic - that results in ordinary people rising up to do extraordinary things. As cliche as this phrase is, I believe that this is what we should remember the most about the events of 911. Many people “rose up” that day and the time that followed, and I am not limiting this to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The history of that day will be recounted, amended, altered and abridged until it is merely a question on a history test, but our capacity to rise up and make a difference will always exist. I believe that the best way we can actively “never forget” is to commit ourselves to somehow “making a difference”, and to rise up and do something extraordinary.