Each year I struggle to put into words the feelings of deep sorrow and loss felt in my heart for the devastation suffered on 9/11/2001.
Truthfully, silence maybe the only way to convey the great pain still felt by so many even today. Each year in writing this special memorial, my mind goes back to that day, as I stood in stunned silence as the planes were flown into the towers and those buildings collapsed to the ground. My feelings of living in a ‘safe’ environment were gone forever.
Some facts about 9/11 that you might not know about that I wanted to share are listed below. Some will break your heart, and some will make you feel blessed.
Did you know the youngest person to loose their life on 9/11 was a little 2 year old girl name Christine Hanson of Groton Mass? She was with her parents in the plane who crashed into the south tower.
Did you know the oldest was a Mr. Robert Norton of Lubec Maine who was on a plane who crashed into the north tower?
Did you know that 3,051 children were left without parents that day?
Did you know that 1609 people were left without partners and spouses?
FEMA donated $970 million to the emergency, while private citizens from all over the world donated $1.4 BILLION to 9/11 charities.
We lost almost 3,000 people that day from all walks of life, but 15,000 were saved.
Estimated amount of insurance paid worldwide related to 09/11 was $40.2 BILLION.
Peace Corp applications increased 40% after 9/11.
Age of greatest number who died? Between 35 and 39 years old.
Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center? 36,000.
If you are wondering why I would bring up all these statistics, it is to remember what a horrible loss it was and still is. A little girl’s chance to grow up and go to school, college and get married some day, all gone because of hate.
A dad, grandpa, uncle, and husband’s life gone, again all because of hate. 2819 stories just like the stories of these two people who all lost their lives because of hate or because they were trying to save the lives of the others.
Perfect example of good and bad. Human beings attacking other human beings out of hate without a care of who they were or what family member would miss them. . Other human beings rushing in to save out of love for all human kind without a care as to who they were. Just knowing it was their brother, or sister, or fellow American and they counted and were loved .
As we continue to remember the people who lost their lives that day, let us also be grateful for the lives that were saved. Make each day count toward making a positive difference in the lives of one another.
That is what the firefighters, police, and just normal everyday people did on that horrible day. They gave of themselves in service to others, even to their last breath.
Do you think if they were with us today they would like what we have become? Do you think they would feel their sacrifice was worth it?
If you answered that question to say ‘Yes’ they would be proud, then you feel we are all moving in the right direction.
If you answered’ No’ then lets get busy and change it. Let the memory of all they sacrificed be the fuel that empowers us to make positive change in our world.
Please, whatever you think or whatever you do, let it be demonstrated in a way that is peaceful, loving and will show that we are a Great Nation of loving, caring, and giving people where the majority still knows and understands that even if the walls crumble around us, God is still in charge, and in the end, knowing that is all we really need to know .That love has been proven to be stronger than hate time and time again, and will always win in the end.