The U.S. Congress and President Bush have declared September 11 of each year as “Patriot’s Day” to honor those who lost their lives on that day of terrible infamy in 2001. Today, the American flag flies at half-staff in their memory.
In today’s annual 9/11 statement, President Bush asks us to volunteer for helping others. I think this is fitting when we remember all the emergency service personnel and others who risked or gave their lives during the infamous 9/11 events and continue to do so today. I am grateful for these caring people and my heart also goes out to their families who worry whether their loved one will come home today.
There is an excellent article in today’s Christian Science Monitor about President Bush’s call for volunteers and how we may use this day for doing good deeds. I have made a personal plan of some things I will do not only today but as part of my life.
Whether American or not—any good deed is a blessing. It doesn’t change what happened but it’s a tiny step forward to peace in the world—some may say this is idealistic but doing nothing solves nothing.
I mourned then and do so today at the needless deaths of so many and the tomorrows that will never come for them
Make today matter for you and your family, and for the world.