Today is “9/11 Remembrance Day” (Patriot Day in the U.S.), and it was 18 years ago at 8:46 am EDT, that terrorists began the attack on New York City’s World Trade Center using hijacked commercial airliners. As live news coverage blanketed the world millions watched in shock and dismay as the towers fell and thousands died. All told, the attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. On the same day The Pentagon in Arlington, VA was subsequently targeted and damaged, and an attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane caused it to crash in a Pennsylvania field, killing all 64 people on board.
This day changed many ways in which we lead our lives today, it gave rise to a war which has yet to end, and it has become a contentious issue politically as well as privately for many. But, whatever your views of the day may be, it should not be forgotten that there were those who stood up to do good on this day. Those who risked their lives and futures in an effort to save those who may be lost of trapped, those who gave their lives to ensure more damage was not done, and those who cared for the injured for hours, days, weeks, or years after.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.” – Fred Rogers.
While it does not help to ignore the hardships and pain that tragic events can cause, it is helpful, especially for the young, to be reminded of the good. Today, try to be mindful of the full scope of events but always remember the good.