Ask any grief counselor and they will tell you that anniversaries are sometimes the most painful periods in our lives; with the memories flashing back so strongly that we can barely stand to think about what happened.
We can all remember what happened on September 11, 2001; all of us have a story to tell whether it's about where we were, or how we felt, or who we lost. This year, as we remember, I hope we will all keep in mind that this is a day for remembering those who died, and those who lost loved ones, period. Becoming judge and jury for those who were responsible,denigrates the memory of those who were lost, taking our focus off of them, and giving those responsible more attention than they deserve.
Our daughter and her family live in New York, and this day holds special significance for us. We thank God every day they are safe, and she was not harmed that day. We grieve for the families who lost loved ones, and hope for a day when they are able to remember this anniversary without searing pain and grief.
As you go through this day, remember that on September 11, 2001, we were all Americans: not black, white, Christian, Jew, liberal or conservative, we were united in our grief, and disbelief. Someday I hope that we will be united once again in healing, purpose,and trust.