I’ve always been intrigued by the atmosphere around 9/11. It’s of course a somber day of remembering those tragic events 12 years ago. But I think it’s interesting to see how we’ve changed individually and as a country because of it.
(and no, I don’t mean the extra time it takes to go through security at the airport…)
I love this gallery of photos of NYC- comparing famous photos from that fateful day to what those spots look like today.
Some are completely rebuilt. Some still have construction (whether it’s from 9/11 or not). Some have memorials. Some are just boring street shots that wouldn’t mean anything if not compared to another photo.
I also think of stories of my friends and how because of those tragic events they went into public service occupations (police and fire), and other stories of how lives were changed because of those events on 9/11.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that not only should we never forget those events on that day, but we also shouldn’t forget the journey we all take in the road to recovery.
I remember having a strong urge to do something to help, and many others having that feeling. Everyone was donating blood, putting together fundraisers, donating money to the victims…there was just an outpouring of love in the days and months after 9/11.
And though it didn’t seem like much, it helped us and others get through the pain. And slowly, we rebuilt.
So along with posting the typical “Never Forget” post on Facebook, why don’t we put those sentiments to action in our community? Yes, it’s hard to find time in the budget and in our schedules, but everyday people are going through their own 9/11. And those people still need the love and help that we all felt so passionately to give right after that day. And wasn’t it interesting how your schedule and pocketbook all the sudden had room to spare and give after 9/11?
So I hope you consider showing love and helping others in need in honor of today. It doesn’t have to be huge. Just something. Because something is better than nothing.
That is all- Love you guys!