Today as I participated in the moment of silence during the 9/11 memorial service at 8:46 (the exact moment the first plane hit the one of the World Trade Towers) this morning in honor of those who died in such a tragic moment in our history, my heart wept for those families who have lost someone dear to them. Children, growing up without their father or a mother, mothers and fathers who lost their children, sisters and brothers who have lost their siblings to such a inhumane crime. I remember where I was and what I was doing when the first plane hit but what I really remember was how I felt. I remember not been able to fully process what was happening and how overcome I was with complete and utter grief. I am thankful for those who sacrificed so much that day to protect and preserve our freedoms. They are true heros. I mourn for those who were lost that day but I'm thankful that we can learn from the legacy they left behind. 10 years later, we have proved to be a nation that can rebuild and recover with resilience. I will never forget that day, or that feeling of unity that was present as result of that day. I hope we can always remember it, never taking for granted how blessed we really are to be citizens of this country. I hope we can always remember that we are all children of our Heavenly Father and honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 by treating each other with kindness and love.
I was so touched by this post written by More Cake Less Frosting. She also shares a free printable she created in honor of 9/11. You can download it here.