yesterday and today

Yesterday I recounted to my boys, my experiences on the morning of September 11th, 2001. As I did this I was reminded of the importance of revisiting and telling and confirming events in history—even recent history, because my 10 and 12 year-old (of course) didn’t experience or remember the shock and devastation and sheer emotion of that day and even though they had talked about it in school on Friday, they needed to ask questions and they needed to hear my perspective.

Today, we are going to have a little flag ceremony and a sit-down-as-a-family breakfast before we go to church and we are going to continue our conversation. I’m sure we’ll watch some of the news coverage. We are also going to watch this special memorial with Tom Brokaw and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

“9/11: Rising Above” will be broadcast on September 11 on approximately 750 stations and networks in the United States and Canada. A large number of these—about 160, including many NBC network affiliates—will be carrying Music and the Spoken Word for the first time. Air times and station information can be found at www.musicandthespokenword.org or by checking local listings. The special will also be streamed live at 9:30 a.m. on ksl.com and byuradio.org.

With all that has changed in the US in the last ten years and with all the uncertainty that we live with, I am ever grateful for my freedoms as an American citizen and I am especially mindful today of the lives that were lost and continue to be lost and put at risk, by the men and women who serve in our armed forces to protect what we hold most dear.

I especially enjoyed reading the commentary (in The Washington Post) from several world religious leaders on faith and 9.11 and what we have learned–or not learned. More here.

This is my favorite portion of the commentary from Thomas S. Monson: “If there is a spiritual lesson to be learned from our experience of that fateful day, it may be that we owe to God the same faithfulness that He gives to us. We should strive for steadiness, and for a commitment to God that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives. It should not require tragedy for us to remember Him, and we should not be compelled to humility before giving Him our faith and trust. We too should be with Him in every season.”

That certainly is what I hope to do and to teach my children.

God Bless America

Comments

  1. That is a beautiful passage that you posted, Stacy…Thank you for sharing…

  2. Check out today’s Dear Photograph post (a cool concept to start with) http://dearphotograph.com/post/10079307469/dear-photograph-i-was-astounded-but-i-hadnt-had

    My first daughter was 5 months old and my second, obviously, wasn’t even born yet. I got up to feed my daughter and watch Regis and Kelly.

  3. I’ve been telling my 5 year old DD only little snippets of 9/11 as I don’t want her getting scared. Each year, I’ll tell her more and more. I know she knows more than I’ve told her as I’ve had the news on and they’ve showed the towers and the building of the new one as well. This is something I know I will never forget and even though my DD wasn’t born then, she needs to know all about it as well.

  4. I had my 13 year old son watch part of the National Geographic interview with President George W. Bush. He had no idea that a plane had hit the Pentagon and another had crashed in Pennsylvania. It’s so important to tell our children the stories. That way they’ll know who the real heroes in our society are.

  5. I’m not an american, but I was glued to the TV in my apartment in Antwerp that day like any other ordinary person that could not believe what their eyes were looking at. My son wasn’t quite 3 months old and I can remember thinking what kind of world had we brought life into. My BIL was working in NY that day, he lost a very good friend in the building, another BIL and SIL regularly caught one of the flights that crashed but that particular morning were not on it. In amongst the heartache and tragedy, so so many things to be grateful for. I am at home sick today and have been watching several of the documentaries – one of which focused on the ordinary people that became heroes. It reminds me that while some people lack any form of decency, there are those among us that really are extraordinary.

  6. Thanks for letting us know about the ‘Spoken Word’ broadcast. I was able to record it and we are inviting our grandchildren over tonight to watch it for FHE.

  7. Thanks for sharing the Washington Post link. I very much enjoyed reading so many faith-based responses to the 10 year anniversary. Very enlightening and very thought provoking (some of them.)
    I was so hopeful after 9-11 that we could have unity and healing. For a time it seemed we would. I am so saddened now, for we are so very divided-again. And I am so very grateful we live here, where there is so much freedom to express and debate. And where there is such opportunity for healing…

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