Today is a hard day. As many people have been saying, the last time our country experienced a loss of this magnitude was Pearl Harbor. And yet…there’s something more!
Yes, we as an extended family that is these United States, experienced a humongous loss. But we also came together in a way we haven’t done very often before..or since. We took the time to call our families. To grieve for those directly impacted by the tragedies, either as victims of the direct crashes or first responders. Many of us prayed for the first time in forever. Begging for people to be found. For our families to be safe and untouched. We cried together. United. As a community. We hugged people standing beside us…to reassure ourselves that we would be okay. To give comfort. And we got angry.
It was the first time since Pearl Harbor that we’d been hit on our own soil. It made us feel vulnerable. It made many feel patriotic. Wanting to fight. To stop future violence. To avenge those innocents who fell. It spawned songs that spoke of patriotism and became battle cries.
Years later, the impact is still just as strong when the words 9-11 are brought up. And it should! We lost so much as a family…as a country that day. We don’t just forget because it’s easier. We reflect. We remember. We pray. We lend our strength for those still struggling with the loss of their loved ones who’ve been forced to move forward, to raise families…forever missing a member. Never to be whole again.
I know that feeling. Before 9-11 happened, 9-11 was my brother’s birthday. He died nearly 30 years ago. And yet I remember him like it was yesterday. I honor him. In my memory, he’ll always be a kid. And I find a way to smile. It’s hardest for me on his birthday. My husband and I set our wedding date close to this day to bring more positive memories around this date.
Why did I pick this title and this song? Because I think it’s important that we continue to be there for each other. To support each other. To let the world know that these people who were impacted are our family. And we’ll love and support them through this day and every day.
If you’re reading this and were directly impacted by that horrible day…know that I’m here to support you. You can lean on me and…”I Won’t Let Go”