Remembering and Moving Beyond 9/11

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12 year anniversary of 9/11

12 year anniversary of 9/11

Today is a sad anniversary. A scary one in fact. Everyone that survived the tragedy can remember where they were and what they were doing when the towers were hit. But in light of world politics, I truly wish we could remember 9/11 in a way that honors the lives lost yet moves us forward with empathy and compassion for our fellow man. And that compassion should extend to people who don’t share our religions, our world views, or our race.

I’m posting a quote that one initally might not think matches the anniversary. But I’m a creature of change and I need to think that as a society, we can become better because of our pain. We have work to do.

  • kellyswanson1

    I had to do a comedy show on 9/11. It felt really weird to spend the morning crying in my hotel room as names were read of those who died that died. And then having to go make people laugh. I wondered how I could bring laughter on a day whose anniversary brought such sadness. But then the perfect moment came – where I could talk about falling down, and having the courage to get back up, and that this day more than anything calls on us as Americans, as people, to show our courage and strength and determination – our ability to stare fear in the face, join arms, and get back up.

  • I remember being at work with my friend Eric. We were in our office/tech room and had the news up on one of the monitors when the 2nd plane hit. I was numb with shock. My son was in school and I contemplated going to get him, but I knew he’d be playing and hanging with his friends so I let him be. I did not have cable television for 8 years and 9/11 happened during the years we were not watching TV. I was glad that our home was a respite from the media storm that I am sure ensued, and my son didn’t hear it, so he could remain in a child’s world at home. It allowed me to take it in at a reasonable rate and be grateful for our peaceful life.

    Someday I will visit the memorial with him.


  • Remy Gervais

    To have experiences like 9/11 soften me, not harden me, is my intent. Its challenging, knowing how much pain and hurt some still have…absolutely. I feel like Im shadowboxing when i stay angry about things I clearly cant change. I can only look ahead, and build strength and compassion for myself and towards others.