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Remembering 9/11: From Heartbreak Emerges Resilience

Dorothy Rowley | 9/11/2013, 12:39 p.m.
Understandably, hardly any of us was equipped at the time to handle the aftermath of Sept. 11, let alone the ...
An American flag is seen amid the rubble on Sept. 11, 2011, following a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. (Courtesy of loc.gov)

Sept. 11, 2001 will always be remembered as a day of human tragedy in America.

People of various ethnicities, colors and backgrounds died or lost loved ones in the most savage and deadly attack to ever take place on American soil.

The attack that evolved as America was on its way to work, was a national disaster with nearly 3,000 people victims of a long-plotted madness brought to fruition while America slept.

The horrific crashes into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers that resulted from the hijacking of American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 77, as well as the downing of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, left us with feelings of helplessness, fear and anger.

Understandably, hardly any of us was equipped at the time to handle those emotions, let alone the bias and prejudices that evolved.

However, as families and friends slowly came to term with their losses — the little boy from D.C. taking his first airplane ride, the still-unidentified man photographed jumping to his death from one of the Twin Towers, the newlywed wife eagerly awaiting the return of her husband — America also resolved to grow stronger in spirit.

Today, as we reminisce about that fateful day that tore at the heart of America, many of us will be exhaling a prayer of thanks that more lives weren't sacrificed 12 years ago, when we forgot about our worries, differences, opinions and skepticisms and came together as one.

In the process, the best was brought out in all of us.

As we continue to honor those whose lights now shine as a reminder of America's ability to rebound from the darkest times, may we always remember to embrace one another — in both the good and bad times — so that our light of resilience shines brightly all over the world.