The United States of America will always get back up.

September 11, 2001 marked a very important day in world history. As I’ve said before, I was too young to remember this day. Some of my peers remember seeing their teachers crying as they gathered around the television, I do not. But I do know the importance that it created from then on.

I’m not saying anything you don’t already know, but please take a moment to remember the lives lost that day. Average people just going through a normal workday. Civilians on the streets just going for a jog. Maybe a parent who was running late bringing a child to school and just happened to be in the wrong place at the right time. A family flying home from vacation. Not to mention the countless, brave firemen, first responders, nurses, police officers, civilians, and those I may have missed who helped save lives could have been lost. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives that day. Children lost their parents. Parents lost their children. Spouses were lost. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents lives were lost. And although it happened on American soil, Americans weren’t the only lives lost. Over 90 countries lost citizens. A lucky 6,000 plus people who escaped with injuries. But the effects aren’t only measured in fatalities and injuries. A life-long effect has impacted those who witnessed the tragedies, those who survived, Americans as a whole, as well as people throughout the world who had relatives lost or just cannot fathom terrorism. 9/11 rings a sorrowful bell around the world.

So take a moment today, say ‘thank you’ to a police officer or EMT. Say ‘I love you’ to those who you hold dear. Hug your grandparents. Because terrorism, and life in general, knows no limits. Expect the unexpected, but do not live in fear. See the good in people. Be thankful for the peace that does arise in such a currently hateful world.