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 5483 Days Later

Fifteen years ago this week, while writing my column for this newsletter, the unthinkable happened. The date was September 11, 2001 and I was in the middle of a paragraph recounting the terrific time I had while giving a talk in Sioux City, Iowa when the scenes that transfixed the world began to unfold across my television set. The juxtaposition between the terrorists who unleashed such horror and the caregivers I met in Iowa was striking and I commented that no such acts would tear this country apart, rather…

“No matter what ends they hope to accomplish, I guarantee you that with the community, love and support that I have seen across this country in cities large and small, these cowards will never win...”

Seven years forward and much of what was to be expected has happened as has much that we could not have anticipated. One positive thing which occurred in the days immediately after the attack was the sense of unity we felt as a nation, not to mention the support and well-wishes of much of the world. Unfortunately, it did not take long for a dizzyingly fast series of events to unravel those feeling.

Now, so many deaths later and with the events of that horrific day and those that followed having turned into a political football, this is a perfect moment for silent reflection— to stop and think. Think of those we lost and their loved ones, as well as those brave First Responders who are dealing with unforeseen respiratory illnesses to this day. Think of our new heroes returning from the war with injuries, seen and unseen that they will be dealing with for years to come and think of their families that stand by their side as they work hard to recover.

Especially in the midst of the partisan battles of an election year, we need to find a way back to the solidarity and sense of community we felt those long days and nights ago. That is truly the only way to guarantee that the bad guys never win. 

The 9/11/2001 column
Of Love, Community and Cowards

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