We all remember where we were on Sept. 11, 2001.
Some of us were at work. When word got out about what was happening in New York and Washington, D.C., we huddled around TVs or radios.
Some of us were in school. Frightened, shocked teachers may have alerted us calmly of what was transpiring. Maybe some others intentionally hid it from us in an effort to protect us.
Some of us were at home, watching events unfold on news broadcasts. We picked up the phones to call our parents, our spouses, our kids, our siblings.
We may have all been in different places, doing different things when dawn broke on Sept. 11, 2001. But for a brief time, Americans here and abroad were one, united people.
Amidst the carnage and massive loss of life that day, the heroism and selflessness, one of the greatest points of encouragement was the unity on behalf of the American people. Do you remember the sight of all of Congress gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, singing “God Bless America?” It was an awe-inspiring picture, and it gave us goose bumps to see it.
The 18 years since then has been rife with division. No matter on which side of the political aisle you sit, or whatever belief system you subscribe to, wars, economics, immigration, social morals and politics have divided us.
That’s why we look back. That’s why we remember the men, women and children who awoke that Tuesday morning with no intention of dying at the hands of depraved men.
That’s why we take solace in the passengers of Flight 93, who sacrificed their lives when they took control of that plane and forced it down in an empty field in Pennsylvania. Not a building in Washington.
We may never be as united as we were in the hours and days after 9/11, but surely remembering that event and the sacrifices made by thousands of Americans can at least draw us closer together.
We hope our readers will pause this week to remember 9/11, the people who died and the people who responded and saved countless more lives.
May we never forget Sept. 11, 2001, or the country we have been blessed to live in. May God bless you. May God bless our heroes. And may God bless America.