9/11


by Keith Yancy

The day is here again.

On this day, 10 years after the surreal tragedy of 9/11, I will take time to remember.

I will remember how, in our sadness and horror, we saw humanity at its best — after we saw it at it’s worst.

I will remember the thousands that died, some heroically, some anonymously, all tragically.

I will remember the families forever scarred by the fanaticism of misguided and deluded conspirators.

I will remember the bravery and selflessness of all the heroes in New York, then the heroes in America, then the heroes of those around the world who did so much to try to help and save lives.

I will remember the solemn pride of watching a nation come together, setting aside their differences, to show the world that we are a unified, albeit imperfect, nation.

I will remember all the men and women who have sacrificed their safety, their health, and even their lives to protect us since that day.

I will remember the people and nations around the world who supported America during and after the tragedy, and continue to support our nation today.

I will remember how fortunate Americans are — despite that day — to live in a nation where we can stand together when tragedy strikes, setting aside differences in religion, race, and ideology to face our enemies.

I will remember that fanaticism knows no limits, and can twist any religion to suit its purposes.

I will remember that, when others have a different ethnic background or tradition, such differences do not automatically make them an enemy or un-American. 

I will remember, without needing to listen to cockpit recordings, video replays, or dramatized re-enactments of that day… a day that has seared its imprint forever in my memory.

I will remember that such tragic events can happen at any time, without warning, without cause… and that such events succeed only when they create blind hatred and prejudice.

I will remember how that day changed our lives, our nation, and our world.  Instantly and irrevocably.

I will remember, because I cannot — and will not — forget.

Until next time… 😦

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4 comments so far

  1. Rod Hartwig on

    Well said, Keith.

    • kdyancy on

      Thanks, Rod. Sometimes, the words don’t come… but other times, they do.

  2. Caroline on

    I like your website, even more so the images, do you really take them yourself? Here in Wales we have been blessed having a great variety of blooms, by far the most amazing of which are probably the springtime flora. Am I Able To use some of the photos for my personal weblog? I would backlink any photos back here naturally. Charlotte Rice

    • kdyancy on

      I generally take the photos myself, especially if they’re nature photos. Not all of the photos are my own, though most are. I’d appreciate backlinking any of the photos you decide to use. The only exception would be the “Detroit: My Hometown” photos, which were taken by a friend of mine… I would suggest that, if you want any of those, you could ask him for the same permission — I suspect he’d have no problem with it either. Thanks for visiting my blog! Would love to see photos from Wales!


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