September 11, 2001. It is a day to never forget. It’s a day to pause during any one of our many routine activities and never forget the thousands of victims and the tens of thousands more family, friends, neighbors and co-workers who suddenly and tragically had huge holes torn in the fabric of their lives. Never forget the first responders who worked tirelessly and heroically to find and save our fellow citizens.
Never forget where you were when you heard the news or, like me, watched with horror and disbelief as the second aircraft flew into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Never forget the scenes of the smoke billowing from the Pentagon. Never forget the reports of the heroic calls from Flight 93 just before passengers rushed the cockpit and took the plane down rather than allow it to reach its intended target – an incredible sacrifice.
Never forget all those born since that day who know 9/11 only as a historical event, not as the many-layered experience it is for those of us who lived it. Never forget to tell them the story. Tell them the big story and the impact on your personal life.
Never forget to be watchful, observant. If you see something – say something. Vigilance is our best defense.
Never forget, how we came together as a country that day and celebrated our shared gift of being Americans – a gift we still share today.
-Written By Jim Benson, CCO BGEI
-Published on 9/11/18