Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten – the victims of the day.
Not Forgotten – the rescuers who ran toward danger
Not Forgotten – the prayer vigils that broke down barriers
Not Forgotten – unlikely heroes who displayed selflessness
Not Forgotten – crumbled steel, clouds of dust, debris fields
Not Forgotten – loss of innocence in looking at any and all airplane flying overhead
Not Forgotten – kindness of neighbors
Not Forgotten – where I was that day
Not Forgotten – the days of strife that followed
Not Forgotten – more sacrifice from those in uniform, and their families and friends that love them
Not Forgotten – leadership in terrible circumstances
Not Forgotten – integrity and honor as hands extended to help
Not Forgotten – many prayers for peace, forgiveness, and for those most directly impacted to retain hope
Not Forgotten – changing laws, terror alerts, new fears
Not Forgotten – structures created by ingenuity, built by strong hands, staffed with those going about their normal day, and their absence
Not Forgotten – a field that became a memorial for an act of selflessness
Not Forgotten – new dreams, new structures, new growth in that field

Not Forgotten – a new day, not that this whole threat is over, but that we can stand, in hands linked in prayer and strength to cry out with one voice

No, they are not forgotten.  And those who survive them and have attempted piece their lives back together are also not forgotten.  I remember where I was that day, the feelings of confusion, shock, and horror.  I remember the pride in those who responded, working to the point of exhaustion over and over to save lives.  I remember prayers for those I love in uniform, for their safety and care while they were going about their duties.  I remember the terror alerts that came out, the color coding system that seemed would become part of our daily world for a while.  Such a cry of pride in those who serve came out, making me also feel pride for those celebrating our responders.  We must not forget the horror of that day.  Nor, the kindness, ingenuity, strength, heroism, selflessness, and genuine love displayed in the days following.