In 2011, I was fortunate enough to visit the National September 11 Memorial, National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, and Flight 93 National Memorial. This small gesture of remembrance was the least I could do to honor those whose lives were taken that day. Though I was only ten years old on September 11, 2001, there intense clarity in that memory and its influence is perpetuated; my choices of study, internship, and career paths have all been shaped in part by the enduring impact. Thirteen years later, I feel more blessed and proud than ever to be a member of this heroic, courageous, and resilient nation.
What I will always remember most, however, is the remarkable peace encompassing each site, the steadfast will to prevail yet never forget. I urge you to take a moment in reverence; it’s the least you can do.
God bless America.