Today is September 11, 2016. It has been 15 years since the terror attacks on America. Every day I think a lot about the day and what it means to me and to our country. Each year I try to think about a different angle in regards to the event. Today, I thought about how kids that are now 15 years of age (or close to it) were not born when the attacks occurred. For my generation, this event is our “Kennedy” or “Lennon” or “MLK” or “Vietnam.” I wasn’t alive during these events and while I understand the significance of the event and what occurred, I can’t feel it. I can’t feel the grip it had on the nation or experience what it meant in that moment. And neither can these kids for 9/11. It is an event in a history book. Talks of terrorism of Al-Qaeda and Isis is all they have ever known, even if they are too young to understand the concepts.
As time marches on, we will move further and further from that fateful September morning and more and more people will pass on that were once alive during that day. At some point, much like the Civil War, World War I, and the like, these will be events in a history book we read about. We won’t be able to feel the power of these events. But, it is important to keep alive the memory of those that died on that day and the many, many heroes including the first responders at all locations and those passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 who fought to divert the plane from its intended target and sacrificed themselves for the greater good of the Nation. We honor heroes and their memory and legacy lives on long after their lives have passed. We may not be able to understand the context of an event in history but we always understand heroes – that never passes.
We honor your memory, sacrifice, and bravery. May you rest in peace.