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Today We Remember…

We join you in celebrating and honoring the heroes of 9/11

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A decade ago today, our nation experienced perhaps the most tragic event in its history. The world watched as terrorists committed calculated incomprehensible acts of treachery and destruction against both the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In a matter of minutes, our nation was devastated, resulting in the unfortunate and tragic loss of countless precious lives. We all mourned together as a nation, as we considered those we loved, and the horrific events of that fateful day. All seemed lost, and to many, it seemed impossible to believe that anything good could come from this tragedy.

But something great did emerge from the ashes and rubble of this day…the true greatness of America. From this tragedy came a unity, as Americans gathered together to pray in record numbers, regardless of their race, religion, nationality, or gender. What emerged was a new common courtesy, empathy, and respect for our fellow man, as we had a common pain with which we could identify. What emerged were heroes, as countless stories came forth about the courageous and unselfish acts of the New York City police officers and firefighters. But what also emerged were the heroes that didn't wear uniforms. We discovered countless accounts of unsung heroes…everyday men and women with big patriotic hearts, who paid the ultimate sacrifice on that day.

Today, we remember those heroes. We, at the World Chamber of Commerce, join our hearts with the families and loved ones of those who fell on 9/11. We thank you for the service that they rendered to us, and for allowing us to have been blessed by their presence here on earth. As we reflect on their lives, we understand that they did not die in vain, but that their lives, now sown, represent a unique stitch of the American flag. Alexis de Tocqueville, the French philosopher and historian, visited America, in search of the secret to her greatness, stated: "America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great." Let us always remember their contribution of goodness to our nation, and to their families.

As we move forward, let us remember the great price that was paid by these heroes on that day. Let us seek to study their lives and glean the great qualities of character and love that they showed to us and others. Let us fondly reflect on those loved ones who are gone, but embrace those who are here. Let us have an appreciation for the responsibility of our military, police officers, and firefighters to protect, defend, and serve us. Let us reflect upon the true greatness that happens when we work together and truly serve. Nelson Mandela, the great leader and former president of South Africa, who was imprisoned for 27 years, once wrote "There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere." Let us always realize that freedom has a price, and some paid ultimately. Let us follow their example, and always be willing to do the same. And finally, let us always remember that, as our forbears prescribed, we are "One nation under God," and that it is only through Him and the power of love, that we can succeed as a great nation.

Respectfully,

The World Chamber of Commerce

Text by Carlton Reed