We prepare to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of 9-11 with mixed and bittersweet emotions in light of the rapid fall of Afghanistan after the departure of our troops. These feelings may include anger, criticism, sadness, suspicion, fear related to the decision. Hopefully, there also is a sense of concern, empathy and compassion for the people left behind and for all the refugees seeking a welcome in new lands.
However, the observance of this 9-11 anniversary is a time to set aside these feelings and remember all who lost their lives that day in Shanksville, at the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon…and especially to memorialize and honor all the firefighters and other rescue workers who gave their lives that day and since in 9-11 related illnesses.
Let us pray in remembrance and gratitude.