This September 11: Honor, Remember, Reunite

 “May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.”

These words are part of the mission statement of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in New York City. As the nation and world mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we share the sentiments of the 9/11 Memorial, making today a day of commemoration.

Some of the ways we can commemorate this day is to observe a moment of silence to remember and honor the nearly three thousand men, women and children who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We can thank our local first responders and other everyday heroes for their dedication to protecting our lives and communities. We can remember and thank the many Americans who have served or who are currently serving in our nation’s military–many of whom enlisted as a response to the 9/11 attack.

We can attend remembrance services and other appropriate ceremeonies and activities, and we can fly our flags at half-staff, as directed by Presidential proclomation (Patriot Day, 2002.) Just as importantly, we can be diligent in keeping each other safe–holding our families and friends a little closer and answering the call to help others in time of need. In this way, we will honor the memories of all those who lost their lives and will continue moving into the future as a stronger, kinder and more aware nation.