A Role to Play Today

I did not know anyone that was lost in any of the sites from that September day in 2001.  There were 2977 victims of that horrific event.  Many could not even be identified after it was all over.  Yes, I didn’t know any of these people personally; however, they touched my life just as personally as if I did.

I am not a first responder.  I don’t exactly cringe from terrible situations or anything, but I am not one of those souls who bravely seeks out danger for the sake of others.  411 emergency workers were lost on that morning as everything fell apart.  These men and women knew they were going into a dangerous situation.

I do have a very important role in the attacks that day though.  You might ask how when I didn’t know any of the victims, and I am not a first responder.  The role I do play is just as important in another way.  My role is to carry the memories of that day and to share them with a generation that did not experience that day first hand.  I am a living historian of the day it happened.  I am a small piece of the tapestry of this country that was ripped in two on this day.  My small role in the day is a vital part of the history of the moment.

So use this day to share your view with a generation that has no knowledge of the event beyond the fact that some buildings fell down in a far away city.


About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

2 Responses to A Role to Play Today

  1. Very true. This was the first year we felt it appropriate to share the memory with our children and teach them about the wonderful gifts we have by living in this country. It is through this sharing that we can teach them about real heros, courage, faith and hope. Thank you for your article. Have a blessed day.

  2. Dawne Webber says:

    Thanks for putting into words what so many feel. I was discussing the events with my children and we were watching some of the shows that dealt with 9/11. My thirteen-year-old son asked why he had to watch. He said he didn’t care what happened and he couldn’t understand why people kept reliving it ten years later.

    I was surprised at the depth of my anger at his attitude and I made him watch the show detailing the events and interviewing family members of those lost so that he could witness the tragedy and heartache caused by evil. He stopped complaining about it.

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