Remembering America’s Heroes

I was going to use this week’s post to announce the official release of my latest book, The Ultimate Guide to Darcy Carter, on Friday, Sept. 15th. Then I realized the significance of today’s date, and the release of a book no longer seemed important.

Five years ago today Americans came together in a way the world never saw coming. It amazes me that five years have gone by already. Every moment of that day is etched in my mind as if it happened yesterday. I was driving to the post office when I recognized the President’s voice on the radio. When he mentioned the World Trade Center, I thought it must be the anniversary of the 1993 bombing or something. I even thought it might be the first Presdent Bush’s voice that I was hearing.

But when I arrived at the post office, the post mistress had a television set up behind the window and an airplane was flying into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. She asked me if I knew what was going on. I did what I had to do as quickly as possible and hurried home to watch the coverage. It was the first time I ever heard the name Osama Bin Laden.

My sister called and told me she loved me. My other sister called the school our sons attented and told them to send her son home. I let my son stay at school. I didn’t think anything would be gained by letting him watch his mother cry all day in front of the television. He saw enough of that over the next few days.

Next week I’ll get back onto a writing topic, most likely a shameless plug for my new book, but for now I want to remember the heroes and ordinary men and women who woke up Tuesday morning, September 11th, 2001 and went to work, never expecting that would be the day they met their Creator in glory. It could have been any one of us. It could have been our neighbors. Our friends. Our brother or sisters. Maybe for someone reading this blog, it was.

If today was your last day on earth, would you be ready to meet the Lord? Do you have unresolved conflicts with anyone? Is there someone who needs to hear from you today? Don’t put it off. None of us are promised a tomorrow.

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