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by Andrea Updyke

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***photo by By Chris McGrath, Getty Images via USAToday

 

Today is the 8th Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country. You are no doubt reading articles and watching coverage about this horrific event and maybe even a little sick of hearing about it, AGAIN. As I sat down with my coffee this morning, trying to decide in which direction I would go with my blog, I took a minute and read this story on MomLogic. I knew I would not be writing about myself today. At least not in the typical light-hearted fashion I am accustomed to.

Do you remember that day? I do. I was at work hitting refresh on MSNBC.COM over and over and over trying to stay up-to-date. My co-worker, Dara was in her office talking to her daughter on the phone and yelling out the play-by-play as it happened. Thankfully, I didn’t know anyone who was directly affected by the tragedy, but honestly, we were all affected. I remembered my time spent in Israel years earlier, when friends of ours had family killed in a bus explosion near Galilee. I knew that other parts of the world were dealing with death on a scale unheard of to us happy, safe Americans. I knew that we had a lot of growing up to do. And I was scared.

Say what you will about the politics of the 8 years that followed these attacks, but know that as it happened, everything changed. Every One changed. Today, please don’t focus on politics. Please don’t tire of remembrance. Please do take a moment to pray for the families whose hearts ache not only on this, but every day of the year for their lost loved ones. And if you wish, please continue to help them through one of the charities listed here. It’s an honor and a privilege to live in a country where we are free, safe and healthy. Let’s not take it for granted.

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