Tuesday, September 11, 2001. It started as a beautiful day. The sky was a certain shade of blue that you rarely see. The air had a bite to it signaling the upcoming onset of fall. That was all shattered by the terrorist attacks that killed 2,977 people. The loss of life continues to this day with people dying from 9/11 related illnesses. Today we commemorate those who lost their lives and their families who continue on without them. We honor the over 400 first responders, which include 3 of our court family, who gave the ultimate sacrifice that day.
Fast forward to today. How soon everyone forgets. The current climate is attacking those who respond without hesitation to these tragedies. These heroes, regardless of the pandemic, deserve the recognition that has been observed for the past 19 years. The excuses given as to why ceremonies of reflection cannot be held are disgusting. We refuse to kneel to the premise that this day is the same as any other day of the year - business as usual. We stand for all those who served and protected us in our time of need. And we will continue to stand in support of all those who run towards danger to protect life, liberty, and our way of life.
Let us pray. Lord God, thank You for the courageous men and women who have chosen such difficult and dangerous jobs-police, fire, EMTs, Court Officers, and others. Thank You for their sacrifices and service. Thank You for their hard work in training and preparing. Help them to feel the respect and gratitude of their communities. Amen.
On this day, please take some time from your day to remember all those who perished on this infamous day. Never Forget.