I will not spend time focusing on the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Instead, I will focus on the love and humanity displayed that day, and for days, weeks and months afterward. Americans came together. We forgot about our differences in color, class, gender, age, faith beliefs. We were just Americans. We were proud to be Americans.
As the story of the tragic events began to unfold, we realized that people from around the world were part of that tragedy. Names and photos of people from the U.S. and countries around the world appeared on television. They all worked in the Twin Towers. They all were missing.
America mourned and the world mourned with us. I felt worldwide empathy.
Sept. 11, 2001, presented us with opportunities to love or hate, help or hurt. We, all of us, have a chance to show love, give help and make a difference in the life of someone.
Let us start today.