September 11th2001 was a day that rocked the world. The death, mayhem and tragedy that took place, was real and earthshattering. Too often we remember, where we were, what we were doing and the impact it had on our lives. There are few days on the national calendar today, that many reflect on personally, 9/11/2001 still can be felt in the gut. What has changed since that infamous day? We come together in times of devastation and we feast on each other in times of ease.
Without a doubt, our military has grown in skill and flexibility from that day forward. Our fellow citizens have become that much stronger and resilient, a sense of reality always beckons us on this day. A day of somber remembrance and a day of reflection. The constant loop of footage has become a mainstay of this day, tears for some, anger for others and the reality of vulnerability and humility for many. How far have we come from that day forward? We value our family, our community, we value our neighbors.
September 11th2001 has defined a generation, a generation of service and generation of preparedness and a generation of young Americans. The lives that were lost that day and the lives that were forever changed. An impact so deep and profound that the sun never set on the American Soldier, the American Marine, the American Sailor, the American Airman, from that day forward.
The strength of the families left behind and the crying children in the night as they fall asleep. Mommy, Daddy, Brother, Sister, loved ones, and future weddings canceled. We are here for you, we are there for you and we will continue to support one another. The memories of today, will forever remind us that we are a nation of people, that when it counted, we came together and helped each other out.
Tomorrow is not promised or guaranteed.