13 Years Later I’ve Not Forgotten – Have You?

September 11thI’m sitting down and continuing my “tradition” of putting some thoughts on virtual paper on this anniversary of September 11th.

Another year has passed.  Another war has started. The vast majority of people have forgotten.  It’s sad, but it’s true. I’ve seen people go about their day today like it’s any other day.  I saw dreadfully few flags being flown this morning on my way to work.  I’ve received marketing emails “using” the events of September 11th to their advantage.  Nothing truly over the top, but I honestly think marketers should just sort of take the day off.

I’ve seen people posting selfies, talking about the fun they’re going to have this evening.  Personally, I’ve been in a haze most of the day.  It happens to me every year on this day.  Quite frankly I don’t know how it couldn’t happen to everyone.  I’ve gone essentially radio silent on social media today, save for a few thoughts about today.  I’ve changed profile pictures where appropriate.  It’s a pathetic gesture, but one that I can make…

I’ve said “Never Forget” more times than I can count… and every single time I’ve really thought about what it means.  But simply saying “Never Forget” isn’t enough.  You have to truly do it.  Really REMEMBER.

Remember where you were.
Remember what you were doing.
Remember who you were with.
Remember how you felt.

And then realize something.  Whether you believe the official story of what happened that day, whether you love or hate our current administration… realize that the events of September 11th, 2001 changed your life.  Forever.

I’ve talked in the past about how I think September 11th should be a national holiday.  It’s not but it should be.  I WANT to watch the footage.  I want to watch the documentaries.  I don’t want to forget.  I’ll admit that I can’t stand the current state of our political system.  That’s not an anti-Democrat statement and it’s not a anti-Republican statement.  It’s an anti-politics statement.  But today for me, there are no politics.  There are no conspiracies.  There is no ISIS.  There is just America.  The land of the free.  The home of the brave.

Take the time to watch a documentary tonight.  If you can’t find one on TV there are thousands on YouTube.  Take the time to hug you family and friends today.  They could be gone tomorrow. Take the time to remember today.  I know I have.  And when tomorrow comes and the profile pictures return to normal… remember then too.

I’ve got lots more to say, but I’m having a hard time putting it into words.  I’ll leave you with this.  It’s worth your time to watch.

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