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May we never forget

Today is a day of tears for me. A day of tears for many.

It has been five years ago that I was dressing my 2-year-old while watching the Today show and seeing the show break away to live coverage of a plane hitting the World Trade Center. I watched in disbelief. Things only got worse from there.

I remember the horror and fear that gripped me that morning. I was scared of what was going to happen next. I looked over my shoulder wherever I went.

Then, those tears of sorrow and fear turned to tears of anger. Our lives would forever be changed by the course of events on Sept. 11, 2001. My children will forever look over their shoulders and that is unfortunate.

My two youngest children asked me why I was putting the flag out bright and early this morning and I reminded Hot Rod that today is the fifth anniversary of the day the bad people took over the planes and flew them into buildings and we want to never forget the people who died and how our country was under attack, but we prevailed.

Today is Patriot Day. Pickle, who turns 12 tomorrow and was in the first grade when the attacks occurred, asked me what a patriot is this morning as he was looking at the calendar.

I turned to dear old Webster's Dictionary and told him: a patriot is someone who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests.

It is a perfect name for the day.

Here are a variety of stories that are good reads for the occasion:

This one highlights the everyday people who were thrust into the spotlight on 9/11. A young woman who was adopted discovered that her father was one of the heroes on Flight 93. And a reminder that we are still not safe from terrorism.

It is an image I'd like to forget, but one of which we need to be reminded.

My heart goes out to all those impacted by 9/11 from my son who had to go through play therapy to ease his fear of a plane crashing into our house to the pregnant widow who wore her husband's "I survived the WTC bombing" shirt for days while she searched for him after the attacks. I will never forget her face and the heartbreak she must have experienced.


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