As I sit and listen to the names of all those who lost their lives on 9/11, I am overwhelmed with the amount of loss and grief that still exists for the families and country eleven years later. I am also equally present to the incredible love that lives on in their memories. The reading of the names is such a beautiful tribute to honor each individual, especially as they are read by the family members of those who were lost. With each name, there is a hero who is remembered.
I am especially moved by the young children speaking of their fathers and mothers who they lost at such a young age. The love they have for their parents is so profound and evident when they speak of their heroic parents.
While wiping my tears, I wonder what I can do in honor of these heroes. What can I do to make the world they leave behind a better one for their children and generations to come? The only word that comes to mind is LOVE.
Love the ones we lost and love those who are still here. Love those who risked their lives to save others. Love those who are sick as a result of 9/11. Love for the country who united together for one another. Love for those deployed and their families who serve with honor. Love and embrace my loved ones. Love to continue to bring people together and create community. Love to counteract the fear, ignorance and hate that still exists in the world. Love for all of our heroes!
What will you do today to honor our heroes? Where can you show love in your life and community?