Fifteen years ago, the United States suffered the horror of savage attacks on American civilians and on government officials working at the Pentagon. Kevin Cosgrove, a business executive trapped on the 105th floor of the South Tower anguished just moments before it collapsed: “We’re young men; we’re not ready to die.”
Today, we remember that 3000 men and women were not ready to die. Some were murdered, some took their own lives because the alternative horror facing them was far worse, and some willingly laid down their lives.
by Diane Rufino, September 11, 2016
Today we remember the terror and the horror that struck NYC, the Pentagon, and the innocent souls on board the doomed planes and in the buildings. 9/11 will always be the day the defines evil incarnate – it will remind me of the worst in humans and remind me of what the Devil wants of us and can do to us. It will also be the day that reminds me of a person’s capacity for service, compassion, duty, loyalty, and brotherly love. Christian love – the love that recognizes the suffering and helplessness in others and the compulsion to sacrifice of oneself to help. So many innocent souls were lost – brutally murdered, tortured in mind and body. And so many ran to their rescue, knowing they themselves might not make it.
I love this pic to commemorate and remember the events of 9/11. The buildings are a reminder of our ingenuity and our progress; we have harnessed the lessons of math and science and engineering. But the individual frames of those lost that day which, in composite, make up the overall picture are a reminder that we, above all else, are a compassionate and loving people. The incomprehensible human loss and the stories of their lives are what we remember on each anniversary of 9/11.
The memories of that day must never fade and the unfinished business of the souls lost must live in us. “To live in others is not to die.”