There have already been many things written about 9/11/01 and the ten year anniversary, so I promise to make this short.

Tonight and tomorrow, as you recall the moments we shared a decade ago, I hope you’ll again catch that feeling of the importance of the future and of each of your lives ahead. I hope you’ll recall the way you questioned your happiness, thought about the brevity of life, considered the example you were for your kids, your co-workers, your friends. I hope you’ll find that pang in your heart that caused you to take an extra breath over the next few days and wonder, really wonder, what your purpose was in life.

And when you reflect on the decisions you made afterwards, and the different paths you took — because you wanted to own your own business, have more time with your family, experience the true value of life — I hope you’ll get your second wind and know that you did these things for all the right reasons.

Our struggles over the past decade have not been easy. We’ve seen some highs and some terrible lows. My own family has not been exempt from those. But I’ll never forget the dedication of my husband who took our own flag down every night and on our front porch, waved it in honor of those we lost on 9/11. Nor will I forget the decision for us each to follow a path that would not only give us self-fulfillment, but show our children the importance of giving back to our country and being whole in our hearts.

Let us say the Pledge of Allegiance again, and really mean it and dedicate our future to not only “us” as individuals but “U.S.” as a country.

Let us connect again.


Author: jillswain

Former Mayor Chamber of Commerce Exec. Director Advertising consultant Mom and spouse (30 years and counting!) Rec league girls' volleyball coach Champion of all things Huntersville, North Carolina

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