Today marks 13 years. Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when the news reached their ears. For most of us, the memory still sears our thoughts like it were only yesterday.
For many, though, it’s far deeper than anything we could experience watching the news. The events of 9/11 tore apart many families, took thousands of lives and still stains the hearts and lives of many in emotional and physical repair. It seems insufficient to pay my respects and go about my day.
Today I will not only remember, I will pray for those involved. I will pray for those that survived and the families left behind. I will not simply reflect for a good couple of minutes and carry on my life. I am immeasurably blessed and undeserving to have been spared my life during such a time when thousands weren’t. It’s amazing what we don’t foresee in the future and how much we are saved on a day to day basis. We may never know why…why this person died and why this person now suffers every waking moment to get past that horrific day. It’s a constant struggle, still, for many.
Today I want to remember them- all of them. I want to pray for every life that’s been sacrificed since then as a result. Let us not forget the events on 9/11/12…
Today I want to live for those that were lost on 9/11. Their lives can be lived through each of us. I want to be living proof that hate can be overcome by love. God’s love knows no bounds, it’s unconditional and forgiving. I want to share that as best as I can and know how.
I want to live in peace and harmony with those around me. I want to be a living proof that not only does tragedy awaken fear but that fear can be overcome and defeated. We cannot live behind our bolted doors every single day. We cannot live in fear for the next tragedy either. Let’s live this legacy for America. The enemy cannot win the hearts of those grounded faithfully in Jesus. Let us not succumb to fear but to have joy in knowing that to die is gain and to live is Christ.
Today I remember, live fearlessly, pray and spread God’s love.
Today I may miss my husband, but deployments are nothing in comparison to what the widows and loved ones of a fallen hero face every day. Their grief doesn’t take a day off since it’s a holiday, and it doesn’t stop even after one such as Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is not about BBQs, parties, fairs, festivals, or retail sales. Memorial Day is a day to remember. A day to reflect and give thanks. Our country may not be perfect or even be run by perfect officials, but we have amazing Americans who gave their life for a greater purpose. The sacrifice they paid provided us a better future and freedoms not afforded in countries all over the world.
We are a privileged nation and we need to remember those who made that possible. Many young people today don’t realize the gravity of that fact. Despite the best efforts of our history teachers, it still doesn’t click: Thousands of people DIED for YOU to be free.
Many young people don’t understand that freedom isn’t free at all. Because it’s become a norm for them, it’s become an “entitlement”; something which they feel they deserve by being born.
Memorial Day is not for the entitled youth but a day for all of us to reflect in the legacy thousands of people have fought for. This legacy empowers something within each of us which states: America will never be defeated because we are brave, strong and determined.
Even today, as I watch the news there are troops in places of turmoil. Today is for the thousands lost years ago and those in recent months who have also given their lives.
God bless, America 🙂