As my children are getting older, our discussions about the events of 9/11 are getting deeper. Their questions are getting tougher. My heart aches during these conversations and I absolutely hate having to share with them that this kind of pure evil exists in our world. However, these moments also lead us to conversations about the good people in the world. The people who chose to be helpers. The people who were running into buildings to save strangers. The people who put their own life on the line, or even lost their lives, to save others. The people who continue to choose to serve, despite knowing what the price might be.
Today after church we visited a local park. The park was filled with families. Marching the perimeter of the park on the outside path were the two soldiers (shown above) in what they called a 9/11 Moving Tribute. As they continued to circle the busy park without pause, you couldn’t help but reflect on the true sacrifice that has been given by so many. Each time that they went by, my heart both ached and swelled with pride. As we were there enjoying our freedom, these soldiers were honorably reminding us that freedom truly isn’t free.
A huge thank you to those of you who have served our great nation, and to those who have given their lives in service to our country. I am short on words, but truly grateful for your sacrifice. And to those who lost loved ones on 9/11, I promise you that I will never forget.
Mission43.org was the organization behind the Moving Tribute that we saw today. If you are on Instagram, visit @hireheroesusa @teamrwb@teamrubicon @mission43 for more information on these amazing programs that unite the nation’s best veteran’s programs to build strong communities.
You might also visit the Never Forget 9/11 Facebook page. It is the largest, most interactive and longest running online memorial for 9/11 and it is full of beautiful updates on survivors and memorials of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on that day 15 years ago. May we never forget.