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