I don't just remember on this day that we have heroes all around us. People whose jobs are to protect and serve, who put their lives on the line for the rest of us. Military, firefighters, and even the police are all doing some of the most dangerous jobs. We should never forget.
There are heroes all around us. Everyday people with family and friends who work 9 to 5 jobs but who would give their lives for strangers. And I believe those people who dedicate their lives to charity are also heroes in their own right. They help those who cannot help themselves, those people regular people do not want to think about. They are also heroes.
And let's not forget the dogs who cut their paws looking for survivors. The military and police dogs who also keep us and their handlers safe.
Thank you all for your hard work and sacrifice. We will never forget.
Thank you to your family and friends for their pain and sacrifice. They didn't get a choice but we must remember, that they are the ones who have to live with the memory of those heroes. They are the ones who made those heroes who they were. They are the ones who taught them to have the courage to give their lives for others.
Today has been dubbed "Patriot Day" and I don't think I will use it. While as the years go by, we will be able to sing more than cry for our heroes and loved ones lost that day, I don't think I will want to say "Happy Patriot Day". Also, I think we should all be patriotic every day, not just today.
California has a memorial project also for 9-11. Most people do not remember that those planes were bound for California, that most of those passengers work and live here.
I was able to see a part of the World Trade Center here in California.
I can't explain how I felt seeing it. I definitely want to go to New York one day and pay my respects in person. Even though I was lucky enough not to lose someone that day, it still has touched me and my life.
I want to leave you with this from Exceptional Living.
In a New York classroom one year after 9-11, students composed the following 9-11 poem. A relative of the teacher had perished on that tragic day in Tower One of the World Trade Center. The victim left behind a 3-year-old.
List of “Don’t Forgets” and “Remembers”
Before September 11th, we would wake up with a list of “Don’t Forgets”
Don’t forget to wash your face
Don’t forget to brush your teeth
Don’t forget to do your homework
Don’t forget to wear your jacket
Don’t forget to clean your room
Don’t forget to take a bath
After September 11th, we wake up with a list of “Remembers”
Remember to greet the sun each morning
Remember to enjoy every meal
Remember to thank your parents for their hard work
Remember to honor those who keep you safe
Remember to value each person you meet
Remember to respect other’s beliefs
Always remember to tell the people you love you love them. Always remember to appreciate those in your life and try not to take advantage of their love. Always remember, you are important and you touch the lives of everyone you meet.
Thank you all for touching mine. :)