For many people in the United States this is a Day of Remembrance, when the United States suffered a tremendous loss of life.
Over 3, 000 people died that day September 11, 2001 when two planes crashed into the Twin Towers World Trade Center buildings, the Pentagon, and into an empty field (those people did it deliberately instead of it crashing into the White House of our Nation’s Capital.)
I had two friends die that day, they both worked in the twin towers, they had just enough time to call their loved ones and tell them they loved them and good-bye, one of them was from Dubai.
In 1941 we had another Tragic Event happen on December 7, when Pearl Harbor was bombed, killing again over 3,000 people both military and civilian. A family member was stationed there when his ship blew up under him, how he survived he was not sure. He managed to live to be 90 years old, he was buried with his ship mates who went down with his ship.
And this does not take in the lives that died in the Holocaust whose only crime was to be Jewish or different or to help save them.
Every year and on Memorial Day (May 30) we remember those who went before us, so that their lives were not in vain.
They went about their day, quietly, normally, sending their spouses off to work, their children off to school, working at their job, doing class assignments, some even stopping off at church or temple to pray and give a moment of their daily life to the Devine Presence, shopping for food for dinner, and then some to never return home, some to have their lives changed completely.
3 times a year we are reminded that life can be brief and to do our best, make the most of it, do what good we can, where we can, even if it’s only little things, like opening a door for someone, offering you seat to an expectant mother or elderly person, sending a donation to a charitable cause, thanking someone, giving a smile to another and being kind and compassionate, to take the time no matter what your age is young or old, to listen, really listen to the other person’s concerns, fears, joys, and explain to them why things are that way and to give guidance, a kind word, encouragement, even a hug.
And most importantly to always say “I Love You” and mean it.
I do not know the names of the other people who died on 9/11, I don’t have to, they are remembered by their loved ones on this day and every day.
So now today, if you haven’t told someone you really care about, even if you’ve had a spat, an argument or difference of opinion, be it a parent, a child (doesn’t matter what age), a good friend, a relative (close or far), a spouse, a boyfriend/girlfriend. Today, get in touch with them and say “It doesn’t matter how we think about things, I LOVE YOU.”
And even if it does not patch thing up or mend things, even if it does not improve relationships, even if you still ‘break up’ at least the last words spoken or heard is “I Love You.”