Note from the Wickedcoolflight Crew

Out of respect and remembrance, we are not posting about books today, rather about people. The ones who went to work thinking it was just another Tuesday. The ones that got on an airplane thinking it was just another flight. The old. The young. All the people that never made it back home that night. And the families that still mourn them.

As I sit here and write this, I’m looking out my window, looking up at the blue sky… and I realize it’s a Tuesday morning. That day, the sky looked much like it does today where I am. And at this time 17 years ago, our world abruptly stopped turning. Most of us that were around that day were glued to our televisions or radios in horror. To say it was unbelievable would be a gross understatement. I grew up hearing the stories from grandfathers and uncles about World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. And before September 11, 2001, I never would have believed I would be one of those recounting the events of a major historical event.

At the end of the day on September 11, 2001, this was the most moving:

It’s blurry, but you get the idea. Here was a representation of all of our nation’s leaders gathered together in unity. The commentary of the days leading up to the terrorist attacks is eerily similar to our nation’s arguments of today. May it not take another day like September 11, 2001, to help us look beyond our differences, beyond the rhetoric, and beyond the hate to reach out to those around us that are in need.

Regardless of your views on religion, politics, race, or faith, the people that lost their lives that day, the heroes that sacrificed their lives on United flight 93, and everyone else that jumped into action to try to help and ended up giving up their lives to save others deserve to be remembered every day, really. But most importantly, they deserve to be remembered on THIS day. So, please take a few moments to remember. To be thankful. To hug your loved ones. And maybe honor the sacrifices of that day, and all of those leading up to today, by reaching out in kindness and love to someone who desperately needs those today.