Today, families of the 3,000 victims of 9/11 will gather together at the Ground Zero memorial site in New York City and around the country to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
This was a dark and tragic day for America. We still feel the pain and anguish almost 20 years later. It’s understandable to be angry, vengeful and hateful. However, there may be some important lessons to take away from this horrific event. We need to find ways to take this pain and turn it into something good—something that will create positivity out of this chaos and brutality. Nothing will ever bring back our loved ones, but we could use this memory to become better people and live our best lives for the sake of those who are no longer with us.
- Cherish and savor each moment you have.
- Life is precious, fragile, fleeting and could be lost at any moment.
- Despite everything, the world is still a beautiful and amazing place filled with wonderful, caring and generous people.
- As much as we’d like to forget, we must remain vigilant, aware and cognizant of any possible danger on the horizon.
- Life is short and you should live it to the fullest.
- In times of need, Americans can pull together and accomplish extraordinary things.
- We should never give up our liberties and beliefs out of fear.
- The reality is that there are people who wish to harm and kill us. History shows that we can never appease or ignore them, as they will never stop. This is an unfortunate aspect of the human condition.
- Treat others as if it is the last time you will ever see them again.
As a native New Yorker, I have never witnessed the compassion, empathy and solidarity that I saw on 9/11 and the days immediately following. It would be amazing for us to treat one another with the same kindness, compassion and love without a tragedy happening.