Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11th

There were blue skies on a beautiful late summer day.

Then it all began to happen.

It changed us.
It changed us all.

Today, on this solemn eleventh anniversary, I want to remember the kindness. Citizens and leaders of countries all around the world reached out to us here in the United States. They expressed love, compassion, sympathy, friendship, solidarity and support. Ordinary folks of all ages took to the streets of their hometowns with signs and flowers and candles. They made their way to US embassies and signed condolence books. They ordered the flags of their own nations flown at half staff to honor the dead. They wept. They prayed. They rallied to our side. We were no longer one nation, but one world, indivisible, seeking liberty and justice for all.

Today, I will remember the kindness...


Sue said...

I can't believe it's 11 years ago. Jake and I were talking about this tragedy in the car on Saturday, without me even really realising then what the date was. One can only imagine what it must've been like to be an American in the wake of all that happened - it definitely sent shock waves across the globe. 11 years on and your nation stands as strong as ever.

Sue X

Martha said...

I will remember the kindness, too, and hope that others will remember. On the roads, in the supermarkets, schools, offices - everyone just seemed to stop for a second and be gracious.