“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
— Rudy Guiliani quotes Laurence Binyon (English Poet)
in a NYC ceremony honoring the victims of 9/11
Every year since 9/11/2001, our community has sponsored a large flag display on the grounds of a local elementary school. Each year, I go with my camera in hand, and it never fails to touch me in a deep way. I took the photos above last year, and they are still some of my favorites with the sun shining through the flag. It symbolizes “hope” to me, and hope is something I desperately needed in the fall of 2001.
9/11 touches me deeply, not just because of what happened on that fateful day in our nation, but what was happening to me and my family at that same time. It was as if bad news was just piling on and would not quit. Fear almost completely overtook me, and I could not see a way out. It was, without a doubt, the hardest time I have endured in my lifetime, but it was also a huge life lesson for me in my walk with God. Our lives changed during that time. It was a very hard autumn season, though, and one I will never, ever forget. The words of John 16:33 gave me so much comfort and reassurance during that time, too.
God bless the families and friends of those that perished on this fateful day in 2001. You are in my thoughts and prayers today, as always on this day of remembrance. As bad as our issues were at that time, I did not lose a loved one. My heart truly goes out to you all.
As odd as it may sound, I think this commercial by Budweiser a few years ago kind of hits the nail on the head as far as my feelings about this day. It was a commercial that was done solely to pay tribute to the 9/11 victims and their families. No words… just the utmost respect… I cannot watch it without getting teary even still.
Update, September 14: This is an incredible story that just came out, and I wanted to share it here, too.