There are very few citizens of our country who didn’t stop at some time today and reflect on what happened in New York City on this date 15 years ago. We thought about where we were and what we first thought was happening. And we thought about how we felt when we realized what really was happening.
There is an annual ceremony on Patriots Day on Mackinac, and this afternoon the ceremony was held at the island’s replica of the Statue of Liberty. Our emergency vehicles, first responders, and American Legion Post 299 all took part in the remembrance program.
Earlier today members of the Mackinac Island Fire Department, as well as firefighters from St. Ignace, Pickford and Topinabee took part in a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the New York City firemen who died on that fateful day.
Upon completion each Firefighter rang a bell attached to the top.
This afternoon I watched the movie Pearl Harbor, released in 2001, just a few months before the 9/11 attacks. At the end of the movie, in a voiceover, Evelyn says, “When the action is over and we look back, we understand both more and less. America suffered, but America grew stronger. The times tried our souls, and through the trial, we overcame.”
I remember how America came together after 9/11, and I remember how we grew stronger. I remember how we filled our churches and prayed for our country.
We need to continue those prayers.