"No day shall erase you from history" On this day 18 years ago, 2,977 civilians and almost 700 paramedics, police officers, first responders and firemen lost their lives to an act of terrorism. #neverforget#americastrong
In August 2001, I was visiting my home state of New York with my Mom and we were in a taxi driving by the World Trade Center where she used to work back in the day. I looked up to take it all in and remember her asking me if I wanted to go inside and I told her no, it's okay... Then exactly one month later to the day, I'm in my classroom when someone came through the door and told us to turn on our TV because there had been an attack in New York and my class and I were in shock as we watched the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. I stood up by my desk absolutely mind blown that just one month ago, I was looking up at this amazing building full of people--and now things would never be the same. You never forget where you were when 9/11 took place.
In reflecting today, I'm reminded that amidst the heartbreak and devastation of so much loss of life, a nation woke up out of apathy, leadership was demonstrated and a love revolution was televised as our country came together with a love and respect for each other that we haven't seen since. Hate and evil tore us down but love and the power of good lifted us up. It's a shame that we too often let ourselves as a nation become sober-minded in times of crisis.
Though it may feel like we regressed so much since then, I'm reminded no matter how we feel or look today, in another year or 10 years from now, it will always be up to us to be the collective change we want to see in our nation. Thinking & praying for those that lost loved ones, remembering the nations that mourned alongside us today and shared their love, and feeling inspired by the examples of love, heroism and leadership that helped us to heal. If we truly want to help "Make America Great Again", we have to look in the mirror and take an account of ourselves and our leaders in government. #WEthePeople Nothing but love, respect and condolences to all those that lost family and friends. I love you New York. We will never forget.