A day we will never forget

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Out of adversity comes opportunity, it has been said.


But the devastating terrorist attacks 11 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, are still hard to view without grief, mourning, anger and even a sense of astonishment.
The tragedy that claimed nearly 3,000 lives has changed us, in some ways for the better. Americans are wiser, sadder, more wary and less inclined to think of our country as invulnerable.
We are also more inclined to think of ourselves as a “community,” especially in moments of reflection such as the 11th anniversary of that horrific day. We have lived through these past 11 years, learning things about what’s precious in our way of life, what’s worth protecting and how to protect it. We’ve struggled through finding balance between personal liberties and the government’s need to know.
What we wish would continue is a renewed sense that we are one nation, one people with a shared purpose. How can we recapture hope and a sense of community? By banning together, remembering that tragic day and by honoring those who senselessly lost their lives and those first responders — police officers, firefighters and volunteers — who, following the attacks, rushed in to help save lives.
This Tuesday, as we come together to commemorate our shared suffering over the losses that day, let’s always remember that as a community, we stand side-by-side together, never wavering our commitment to life, liberty and the American way.
Once again, the annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Heart of Belen Plaza on Main Street and Becker Avenue in Belen. It’s a time when the community — our neighbors, family and friends — can gather together to remember that tragic day while still celebrating who we are as Americans.
The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, had a profound effect on nearly every American. Sept. 11 was literally a new beginning, marking the dawn of a new era in our lives.
That day changed us in more ways than we thought possible. But it also gave us a sense of togetherness that we hadn’t felt since that fateful day at Pearl Harbor.
It’s a day that we will never forget.