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A time to honor our fallen and first responders

By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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It was 17 years ago next Tuesday, Sept. 11, that we remember the events that took place on a morning that the world stood still and changed forever.

As we look back, we remember the images. We remember the loss. We remember the sacrifice. It is a day that we shall never forget.

In the anniversary of this event, many of us will recall that in the moments these events occurred, we came together as a nation. It is important that we continue to come together again, even if it is just for a few moments, to remember that day. While some will attend various area events Tuesday, many others will pause to remember the fallen in their own way.

As this date rolls around each year, many of us share stories, many of us shed tears. Many of us clearly recall where we were, what we were doing and who we were with when we learned of the attack in New York City. Many businesses shuttered their doors for the day to allow employees to be with their families on this day of uncertainty and fear. Today, oftentimes, we remain unsure if such an attack on our nation will occur again.

What is sure in the wake of 9/11 is the caring spirit among ourselves, co-workers and neighbors.  Since 9/11, we have had reason to look with greater respect, and more appreciation, on our first responders and the jobs they do daily, how they put on the uniform and offer their service. While we respected them for all they do long before this tragic event, its occurrence certainly increased our appreciation beyond measure.

On 9/11 and in the days after, these public servants rushed to the scene at the World Trade Center site in rescue and recovery efforts and to work in the so-called “pile” left by the Twin Towers’ collapse, without regard to their own safety.

Regardless of how you chose to remember those on 9/11, let’s all take a moment to reach out and thank our first responders. It doesn’t matter how we do it; you can post a message on your social media, stop at your local police or fire station or walk up to one of them on the street if our paths cross. Let’s tell them “thank you” for all they do for our families, our friends and neighbors, not only at times of major tragedies such as 9/11 but each and every day and in all forms big and small.