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.