Their chairs at home remained empty that day. Their book left beside the bed, their coffee cup left on the sink.
Family members would watch the unthinkable unfold on national television, knowing their sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, would never return home.
Horror overtook the nation, dealing the One Nation Under God a death blow in mere minutes.
Grief set in.
Then came the resolve.
Everyone bought American flags, lit candles, wrote declarations of overcoming tragedy.
We, the People, changed.
Fear set in. Anger took over. War began.
Everyone remembers where they were that day.
Not a soul was left unscathed.
The world watched.
What will America do?
Today, we remember those who lost their lives that day. We honor also the first responders who marched forward, doing what they selflessly do every day, giving their lives and energy to save others.
Let us today, as Americans, honor our nation in word and deed. We all have different opinions, upbringings, philosophies, political alignments. Let us show the world that America really is the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave. That we, though different people, are United. That this country is our home. That we stand for peace, kindness, goodness, self control, loyalty, honor, truth.
Let us be kind to one another this day. Let us unify around our commonalities, instead of our differences.