All day long I have wanted to write about 9-11, but everything I wanted to say seemed so shallow on such a momentous anniversary.  Having listened to most of the speeches, and having watched  most of the dedication, it seems still surreal to believe such a tragedy did occur.  But even though we know the stories, hearing some of them again about what  happened on those  airplanes and in the Trade Centers, certainly proved that Americans under great stress and duress were very willing to “lay down their lives for a friend.”  It’s just heartbreaking to see the survivors still struggling with their loss.

Perhaps these monuments to their loved ones will help them have a place to come to  grieve and  also feel enormous pride on the many acts of heroism that  occurred with normal people doing their job and going about their day.

And yet here too that is a shallow statement.  Abraham Lincoln said it best in his Gettysburg Address and certainly his words are as relevant  for us as the day he said them.  (Especially this part)

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, (and women) living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom— and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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