Pausing the day to reflect and remember….

Today we like most of our fellow citizens, pause and reflect on the events of September 11, 2001. It is hard to believe it has been 11 years. While it would be hard for me to recall what I had for lunch yesterday, I can tell you exactly where I was and what I was doing on this day eleven years ago. Do you remember what the top news story was on that day? It was about the scandalous speculation that a congressman was implicated in the murder of a missing intern. What seemed so important on that day has almost been all but lost.

What happened eleven years ago taught us to put things in perspective. For a time we were a country were united in our patriotism, our faith, and we saw ourselves as one people. Unfortunately that spirit has been lost as time passed. Today we are even more divided than we were before. I am not suggesting the issues of today are not important, however, we now use those issues to create an ‘us versus them’ environment. Where has the day gone when the entire Congress stood on the steps of the Capital and spontaneously sang ‘God Bless America’ together?

As you pause today to consider the events of 9/11 I encourage you to remember the victims, their families, the service members who soon went to war and are still there, and the people who to this very minute are vigilantly protecting our country. I also encourage you to pray, as I will, for them. Let me ask you to also add an additional prayer as well; ask to once again see that spirit that brought us all together in the days and weeks after the attack. Ask for that spirit to stay.

Richard Yadon