"This nation will remain the land of the free as long as it is the home of the brave."
~~ Elmer Davis
Every September 11th since 2011, my town erects a Healing Field where flags are displayed, representing every person who lost their life in the terrorist attacks. Walking through row after row of these flags, one gains a keener perspective of just how many people died that day.
Today, marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Yesterday, my town held a huge memorial service to mark the day.
Two fire trucks had backed up towards each other with ladders raised, to hold up an American Flag. In front was the obscured commemorative statue that was to be unveiled during the ceremony.
"Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend–even a friend whose name it never knew. “
- President George W. Bush, December 11, 2001