Last year on September 11, I wrote a blog about Patriot Day and what it stands for. I also highlighted the new 9/11 Memorial erected in New York, which opened last year. I don’t think I need to remind all of us what happened September 11, 2001, nor remind readers that this has become a national holiday. This year, instead, I’d like to share inserts from the Patriot Day Proclamation, given by former President George W. Bush. No matter your political standing, these words will resonate with everyone today:
Inspired by the heroic sacrifices of our firefighters, rescue and law enforcement personnel, military service members, and other citizens, our Nation found unity, focus, and strength. We found healing in the national outpouring of compassion for those lost, as tens of millions of Americans participated in moments of silence, candlelight vigils, and religious services. From the tragedy of September 11 emerged a stronger Nation, renewed by a spirit of national pride and a true love of country.
Americans also have fought back against terror by choosing to overcome evil with good. By loving their neighbors as they would like to be loved, countless citizens have answered the call to help others. They have contributed to relief efforts, improved homeland security in their communities, and volunteered their time to aid those in need.
Community isn’t defined as the neighborhood you live in—your community could be a support group, a Facebook page or even this blog. How did you strengthen your community?