The World Trade Center seen from aboard shipI’ve been trying since last night to decide what to write about today.  Twice, I’ve posted about my memories regarding that day. (Here and Here)  And my memories of that day still have not faded.  But I just don’t want to write another post with a new version of the same information.  I’m not sure what would be gained from doing that.  (That’s the great thing about a blog.  My memories are still there for all to read.)

As I think about all the sadness of that day.  All the lives lost at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.  The fear that most of us felt.  There is also something positive I remember about that day.  On that day, we stood together as a nation.  For a short time, the political bickering and backbiting ended.  We were one people.  I sure wish I could say that hadn’t changed.

Today, we are all taking a little time to remember the victims of the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as the first responders who gave their lives trying to rescue survivors, plus the people on United Airlines Flight 93 who valiantly tried to gain control of the 4th plane that the terrorists had hijacked.  I think it’s right that we do take time for remembrance.

But tomorrow, lets take time to remember how much better it felt to be united as a nation.  And then lets figure out how we can bring an end to all the nastiness that has overtaken our public discourse.  If we don’t.  I think we are going to find that in 12 years we are even worse off than we are now.

Today, my thoughts and prayers are with the families of all the victims of 9/11.  I know I will never forget that day or how I felt.  I know that most of you will do the same.  But let us remember how it felt to be united as a nation.  Because that was a good feeling to have.