September 11, 2001 was one of those days.
This flag was raised over the World Trade Center ruins and was hung from the damaged Pentagon; a powerful symbol of patriotism, survival and resilience. Tattered, dirtied and fragmented, it was still there. And so are we.
I think we are still amazed at how people survived such tremendous loss. Amazed at how courage overcame fear and how we, all of us, stood strong together.
It reminded me of Red Rover, a game we played as school children. We formed two lines, held out our arms and locked them together in a strong chain, then held tight as the opposing team tried to break through.
We all locked arms on that day and held tight. We’re still holding. Strong, fearful at times, but determined that no foe will break us.
And so, as Americans we respect, we mourn and we are terminally grief stricken for what happened on September 11th.
But as Americans we look to embrace September 12th. For us there is always a tomorrow with a brighter future.
In these uncertain times, let us please remember who we are and what we are capable of.
Patriotism isn’t about being a Democrat or Republican. It’s about our homeland, our families, our beliefs, our rights and our freedoms. It’s personal.
Stand tall America. We have just begun to recover.