This Friday will mark the 19th anniversary of the attack on 9/11 that took 2.977 innocent lives. Men, woman, and children from the ages 2 to 85 were taken from their friends and family for no other reason than being different than their attackers. A threat to the perverted and narrowed ideology of a few for the lives they led, ones of diversity, inclusion, and liberty; they were sentenced to death by indiscriminate act of terror, meant to strike fear into the heart of a nation, a stark warning of the consequences for non-conformity.
While they succeeded in taking the lives on the innocent, they would not alter the spirit and resolve of its people they sought to extinguish. In the wake of confusion and chaos, the world would come to know what it is to be an American. 343 NYFD firefighters, 23 NYPD officers, and 37 NYPA officers would make the ultimate sacrifice rushing into those crumbling twin towers to render aid those in need. Soldiers and Sailors alike would follow in kind at the Pentagon, while 40 civilians in the air over Shanksville, Pennsylvania would make a stand, giving their lives to save thousands more in danger.
The sacrifices of that morning continue today as more than 40% of the victims remains have still not been identified, and over 400 NYPD and NYFD have died in the years since due to illnesses contracted from their selfless response.
We as a people must NEVER forget what binds us, the blood that has been shed for us, the lives we have lost, those who still suffer, and that even in the darkest hour we have those who run towards the danger and not away from it.
As our country and our society finds itself in yet another historical moment, with fear and uncertainty all around us, we must remember and like those brave and selfless heroes before us… run towards this moment and not away from it.
Please join us in helping those around us to remember by joining the #rememberproject. For the week leading up to the anniversary of 9/11: refrain from posting, sharing, and supporting divisive and hateful rhetoric and instead, fill your social media each day with words of love and encouragement to others, stories of selfless acts and heroism, and most of all hope for a better tomorrow.
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”