I am not a New Yorker and I did not know anyone personally who was lost on that tragic day 12 years ago today. But I do know that when those towers were attacked, and later fell, our nation changed forever and every single one of us were affected in some way.
Every year I read the same thing, over and over: 'never forget, honor your first responders today, remember those lost...'
But today I want to take a chance to remind you all that with war there is great tragedy and great victory and we have reason to celebrate.
We can celebrate life.
We can celebrate the ending of a war.
We can celebrate the good in the world.
We can celebrate acceptance despite of race or religion.
We can celebrate mercy and forgiveness.
We can celebrate unity.
We can celebrate those who volunteer: their lives, their time, their talents.
We can celebrate the greater good.
We can celebrate the GREAT United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave.
This song is one of my absolute favorites: we cannot be silenced.