Seventeen years ago this Tuesday was a day none of us will ever forget. Since then, the world has never been the same.
Millions of words have been written about Sept. 11, 2001 — the tragedy, the victims, the heroes, the politics, the wars, the memorials, and more. We don’t need to write more words here.
What we do need to acknowledge is a remembrance ceremony that will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 8:30 a.m. in front of Weston Town Hall.
We will remember the citizens who died and emergency responders who raced to Manhattan to help in any way they could.
This Tuesday, we should pay tribute to the legacy of all who died in New York, in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon, as well as those who died later from illnesses suffered as a result of their relentless work in searching for survivors and recovering those who were killed.
That legacy is evident in all who choose to help their fellow humans in countless ways and work to lift our society to a higher moral plane.
We will pray for the souls of those we have lost, their families, and for all of us to give us the wisdom and the courage to stand up for what we know is right and just.
If we’ve learned anything from Sept. 11, it’s that despite our social, racial, and political differences, as Americans, we unite together in the face of threats.
When we stand together, shoulder-to-shoulder, as one, we are stronger than ever.
If we could carry this feeling of unity throughout the rest of the year, and leave behind politics and intolerance, think of how much better our world would be.
Sandy Dahl, wife of pilot of Flight 93 Jason Dahl, perhaps put it best when she said, “If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
We stand together. We remember. We will never forget.