The Darkest Day in Our Nation’s History
For those too young tomorrow is something they best know from what they have been told, seen or read.
In a way they are somewhat fortunate not to have witnessed the horror that unfolded on that pristine and perfect Tuesday morning that is so significant in our history that a mere mention of 9/11 brings back memories as vivid for some as if it were yesterday and not 19 years ago.
It is this generations “day that will live in infamy” and most of us remember exactly where we were when we first heard the news. We spent the rest of the day glued to the TV and radio, praying for survivors and hoping there would not be follow-up attacks.
When it was all over nearly 3,000 people died including more than 400 first responders and a countless number of others suffered substantial long-term health consequences that continues to result in death. It was simply the darkest day in our nation’s history.
There was one positive that resulted from 9/11 and that was our willingness to not only unite but understand that the small obstacles we often face in life are just that. Small. In other words we began putting things in proper perspective and for a period of time did not take things like family, friends and good health for granted.
We showed tolerance and patience for one another and went out of our way for total strangers. We said “please” and “thank you”, held doors open for others, even let cars get in front of you on the road. Of course it didn’t last and eventually we went back to the way things used to be. Ironically now is a time when we could really use some of that post-9/11 spirit in America maybe even more so than 19 years ago.
On a related note Cliff Baker and the crew at “A Need We Feed” will team up with “The Pier at Seaside” tomorrow night in a fundraiser to help with the organization’s community meal program.
“The Pier at Seaside” is right across from the Beachcomber on the boardwalk and from 7-10pm there will be music and games, a full cash bar and the Ohana Food Truck. The $10 admission includes a souvenir cup and your first beer and will help “A Need We Feed” provide meals to children, families, veterans, seniors and the homeless throughout the area.
However admission is free to first responders, those in the military and veterans and at 7:20 there will be a lighting of towers as a tribute to the victims of 9/11.