Mayor’s Memo – Issue 12

Remembering September 11th

by Mayor Sean Denison

There are times when I struggle to remember what I had for dinner the night before.  So, if you were to tell me that I would remember what the weather was like on a particular day 20 years ago I would say that you were crazy.

But I do.  I remember.

There were many lessons to be learned on Sept 11, 2001.  I would like to share two lessons I learned that day that stick out in my mind.

First, I learned just how quickly and permanently our lives can be changed.  I learned the importance of not sweating the small stuff, and that we should cherish every second that we have with our friends and family. 

The second thing I learned on that September day 20 years ago, was that even in the midst of complete chaos and unspeakable tragedy – there is still good.  I saw first responders and clergy and average citizens carrying the injured.  I saw complete strangers offering water to one another and washing the dust and debris from their eyes.  I saw an entire country set aside their differences and stand united.

Given today’s political environment, I think it would be of service to all of us to take time to reflect.  To remember those that lost their lives; those that gave their lives – and to remember that tomorrow is promised to no one and that what we have in common matters more.

Thank you, see you around town,
Sean Denison, Mayor
Buchanan City Hall
302 N Redbud Trail
Buchanan, MI 49107
Mayor Sean Denison, Spring 2021, Photo submitted by Sean Denison
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