Today is September 11, 2008. 9/11. Seven years ago we all watched in horror as terrorists used our own airplanes to attack our country. The sight of that airplane flying into one of the Twin Towers and then later, the towers collapsing while firemen and policemen were trying to help people get out is something none of us can ever forget. So we do remember. We continue to feel the horror of that day. We grieve for those who died on the ground and in the air. We remember the heroic courage of the men and women on the last plane who kept the terrorists from reaching their target even as we wanted it to be like a movie where they would have landed safely. But it wasn’t a movie. It was real and so we grieve while we remember those who died and keep praying for the families and our country.
I’m at the National Quartet Convention this week with my husband who sings with the Patrioit Quartet. We were at the Quartet Convention in 2001 as well. The arena is next to the Louisville Airport where there is a hub for UPS planes and usually planes are taking off over your head all the time when you’re out in the parking area. But that week, no planes took off. The skies were silent. And our hearts grieved.
I chose a quote for this week from Sir Winston Churchill who led England through World War II.
“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.”
We remember with gratitude in our hearts the many servicemen who have carried out their duties with honor to preserve our freedom and let us continue to hope.
God bless America!