Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering

While I search for meaningful words to say on the seventh anniversary of one of the worst tragedies on US soil, I am simply brought to tears from the loss of the men and women at Ground Zero, from the sacrifice of the men and women in uniform who served to rescue us then and continue to defend us now.

I remember feeling despair on that day, dropping to my knees in humble prayer. I remember the fear I had about the future of our country. I remember feeling hope at the sign of solidarity Americans showed for one another after the event, but now I have a shame in my heart for the way we have divided ourselves. I am hoping that America has not forgotten what happened that day, how it made us feel, how it brought us together with the common thread of humanity.

I can only hope we will find our sense of pride, passion, and compassion in this country again someday. We need to remember that of all the places in the world, there is a reason why so many people come to the US.

Tonight, I will be hugging my officer tightly remembering the sacrifice he makes when he puts on his uniform. Remembering all the families whose officers did not come home to them that day.

Today, my blog will be taking a day of silence in honor of the lives lost at Ground Zero and around the world. In honor of the men and women in uniform who have defended us in the past and continue to defend us abroad and at home.

Note to Self:
God bless the US. The land that I love.

"God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever lead us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me to my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord."
- General George S. Patton

8 comments:

Maki said...

That morning of September 11, seven years ago will never goes away from my mind. It was very sad day. Today is also my hubby's birthday which is kind of ironic. To your man; Thanks so much for doing what he does everyday for serving his country and his people!!!

~alison said...

This is nice. Boy - I clearly remember that day. I had JUST moved to LA from NYC. I had many friends and family living in the city - one of which was in the American Express building and saw all the tragedy from his office window...as soon as he saw the people jumping out of the windows - he ran and ran until he could get a cab to take him to the upper West side to get his family and get OUT! Luckily he was able to leave the city. He lives everyday with those memories!

I am with maki - thank your man for what he does for us!

SarahM said...

amen, MJ.

I dont even have the words.

May G-d Protect us all.

Sornie said...

I don't think that America will soon forget that day. It seems like yesterday but it also seems like it was decades ago in some respects. I still remember how my day (and future) changed when I found out about the attacks.

colbymarshall said...

Lovely post. I would write my thoughts, but I'm going to do that post later no my own blog, so I won't do it twice, but I wanted to say your thoughts are echoed.

mistermanly said...

Hi MJ,

I still fly a flag on my truck, and on my tractor, and will continue to do so until we parade Bin Laden's head through New York. I also write my elected representatives once a year about my idea of making "kill a terrorist day" a national Holiday.

Mister Manly

K Trainor said...

Amen. Well said.

pure evyl said...

Thank you for this.