9/11/11: A Day of Remembrance and Reflection

My eyes are filled with tears, my heart with a heaviness which cannot be calculated. It is important we remember the events of this day ten years ago. It is important we remember the individuals who died this day. It is important we never forget…

We were attacked ten years ago today by a group of individuals who do not share our same love for the sanctity of human life.

The loss of life great and unimaginable. Our attackers took those lives but they did not take our resolve. That they cannot have.

I recall leaving my house to meet with my first client of the day. As I sat in my car waiting for the stoplight to tell me to go I heard a report on the radio which left me confused. Confused because the announcer at the radio station was also, as we all were truly unaware of what was unfolding in NYC. I called my wife who relayed to me what she was watching on the news. My mind’s eye struggled to develop the picture which was being relayed to me.

I returned home home turned in the tv and watched in horror and disbelief as the description given to me by my wife unfolded in front of me. I watched those planes hit those magnificent towers again and again. Each time I witnessed the destruction I struggled still to understand and grasp what I was seeing.

Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address said,
‎”we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract.”

In 1864 President Lincoln sent a letter to a mother who had lost five sons in the Civil War.

Executive Mansion,
Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

Dear Madam,–

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

A. Lincoln

In my humble opinion, there is nothing else one can say.

As you go about your day, think about those who lost their lives on that fateful day and those brave souls who offered their lives in the attempt to save the lives of others. Life is precious

I am proud to be an American!

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