I can remember. I can remember September 11th, 2001. It is a day that is etched in my mind as almost anyone who can remember 2001 will tell you. I was asleep. I was living on the west coast at that time and my mom’s phone call woke me right up out of bed. Normally, I’m not one to answer the phone so early, but I did on that day on the first ring. My mom was frantic and her words still echo in my ear “We’re under attack, the United States is under attack”. Being on the west coast, only minutes from the ocean, I had visions of looking out my window and seeing invading troops coming down the street.
However, there were no invading troops. At least not the ones I pictured in my mind. The war that was waged was something more sinister. It was a war of terror and fear.
In retrospect it was a moment, at least for me, that signaled a change in the world I knew. It was a slap in the face. An awakening. It tuned me into a reality that I had never considered. We were not untouchable here at home. However, it also showed me the incredible courage of the American people. Today I want to take a moment to celebrate and honor that courage.
Here at CHPN we cover a lot of local happenings. Restaurant openings, events, charities, crime, pets, etc. We cover a lot of what I would consider fluff in the grand scheme of things. It’s news, it’s stuff that our readers are interested in, and we enjoy covering it. However, it’s important for us all to remember that we enjoy those things because of the sacrifices of others.
We have an enormous amount of freedom and liberty in this country to pursue our dreams, whether serious or frivolous, and we should never take that for granted.
Let us never forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice that day. Those who lost their lives whether they were victims of this terrible tragedy or first responders that didn’t make it back.
In addition, I would also like to take a moment today to say Thank You. Thank You to all the first responders that every day put their lives on the line. Thank you to ALL of our men and women in uniform whether you’re a part of the Richmond Police Department, Richmond Fire Department, Richmond Sheriff’s Department, medical personnel in our hospitals, or one of our men and women serving in the military. From all of us here at CHPN, sincerely, thank you for all that you do and all that you sacrifice.