It’s difficult to believe that the attacks on September 11th happened twelve years ago. For many, that day is permanently etched in their memory. But today, I’d like to focus on what happened after September 11th.
Living downtown Chicago, a city that was wondering “are we next?”, I remember afterwards that more people made unusual amounts of eye contact followed by a nod or a friendly greeting. Everyone was just a little bit nicer, a little more courteous, and more in touch with their community. That’s what I want to take from this tragedy, the sense of community that followed. How all of America seemed to become a little closer.
Today take a moment of silence to remember those who have fallen, the first responders and the military members who took up the charge after those tragic events. And maybe even take a walk down the street, look someone in the eye and give them a friendly smile.
“The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” -Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of NYC