Today is a day that lives in the hearts of Americans (and many all over the world) as the day our hearts were broken. It took some time, but we lived on, in hope and with the memory of those we'd lost and loved so much.
On this day, nine years later, we remember all of those who lost their lives and our hearts ache for the futures they've lost, the people they've behind, the chain of events that resulted from that horrific day.
For a time, we were so united. Conscious of what was at stake, we banded together, upholding each other, caring for each other. And then, sadly, over time, things changed. We started to look at each other with mistrustful eyes. Some of us suspected the worst and didn't stop to ask questions. Some of us believed the worst of the stereotypes and lies about each other's beliefs and religions and painted each other with broad brushes of hatred.
And now we are living in fear. In fear of each other. And it can look like the terrorists have won. It started 9 years ago, and now they have achieved their end: we are starting to hate each other and we are fearful.
Let's not let them win. Let's remember all that our great country is built on: tolerance, freedom, democracy.