In the years between then and now, we as a nation have traveled far.
Yet, when I try to answer the question What does it mean to honor 9/11 in the year 2010? all I can think of is return.
In the wake of catastrophe, the United States came together. We took the phrase “United we stand, divided we fall” to heart and we acted. We strengthened our communities, reached out, went beyond ourselves, and allowed ourselves to feel, deeply and genuinely. It is easy, natural even, to act this way when tragedy strikes. However, when the need for connection and unity is less urgent, we tend to forget that great fulfillment that comes from living with unity as an aspiration and an inspiration.
Here is what I believe: return to unity. It is best way for us to pay homage to the day that changed American life forever. These are still trying times, times when we would all benefit from embracing one another and orienting ourselves towards togetherness. Some of our most shining moments as individuals and as a nation were born amidst the wreckage of 9/11. Let us return to those moments, and remember how it felt to live as our best selves. By doing this, we pay tribute to the ones no longer with us, as well as honor the ones around us, always moving forward, striving for a more perfect union.