13 years ago today, we witnessed the worst terrorist attack ever performed on US soil, losing 2,977 innocent victims. Over ten percent of those victims– 343– were FDNY firefighters who rushed into the disaster to help.
However, the beauty of America– and Americans ourselves– shone brightly through that very day and in the days following. Americans from all walks of life pitched in to help rescue survivors– continuing for weeks. These people volunteered their time, their labor, and sacrificed their health in order to save people they did not know, and did so with a patriotism that many said had not been released since the attacks on Pearl Harbor, 60 years before.
These efforts proved that even in our busiest of cities and in the busiest of times, we will drop everything to help a neighbor in trouble.
My heart goes out to all of those affected by the attacks on our country, my thanks extended to everyone who helped, and my shared sorrow with everyone who heard the news that dreadful day.
If there is one thing we can take away from this awful event, it is that we are a resilient and caring people: when it matters, we will be there.
Consider helping a neighbor in need this week. It may be hanging blinds you’ve seen stuck in the corner of their house for a month, it could be bringing the neighborhood recluse out for a bite to eat, or touching base with an old friend without having any particular question or favor to ask of them.
We all have busy lives, but life is a fragile thing, and we only get to live it once. Love thy neighbor and live life to the fullest.