This is a photo of the last sunset, September 10, 2001. The next morning the whole world would change. This is how I choose to remember it. I choose to remember that we are still standing, even though the original buildings were destroyed by evil people with hate-filled hearts. I choose to remember that there are new buildings standing there, rising from the ashes of that day of horror, and there is a determination in the hearts of Americans to stand strong against the kind of evil that perpetuated this horrific event.
I choose to remember the innocent victims who lost their lives and their families who still grieve; I choose to remember the heroes who sacrificed everything to help rescue people they had never met. They did not know one another’s names on that day, and it did not matter. Sacrifice is not for fame or glory, but it is for truth and honor.
I choose to remember this day, not with a vision of building collapsing, dust, ash, and smoke rising from the heaps of rubble or with visions of airplanes crashing into the sides of the buildings or the ground in Pennsylvania . . . but I choose to remember the Towers, standing tall and proud, in this United States of America. America, for all the moments of imperfection and struggle, is still the greatest nation and civilization that has ever existed in the history of the world.
We may not be perfect and we have made mistakes, but there is no other country that has provided so much opportunity for so many people, and there is no other nation that has been as generous as the United States in helping other countries rebuild from times of war and destruction.
No matter your political position on any of a number of issues, today is a day of remembrance and gratitude for our nation and for all of our heroes, men and women, who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom. Never forget.