Sept. 11 teaches many lessons

Holiday? I think not. A holiday is a happy time; laughter instead of tears; freedom to run and play; not being afraid and running away.

Sept. 11, 2001, is not and never will be a day to celebrate anything. It will be a day to remember how our peace was shattered; our security was taken away; and our faith was tested; our friends and family members taken for no reason.

Sept. 11, 2001, taught us that our world as we knew it was gone forever. It showed us that secure as think we are, we are not. It taught us pride again, for when the very thought of our freedom was threatened, heroes emerged. We put on our boots, squared our shoulders and stood taller than we ever stood before. We united.

The demand for our flag was the greatest it had ever been. You could hardly find one. Everywhere was sold out. The ribbons of red, white and blue were in short supply. We really showed our pride and where we stood. It’s been one year now.

Time has passed so fast. New babies have been born to some of the families that lost their loved ones. They struggle everyday living on memories and continue on with their lives as best they can.

As Calera and other cities and towns send their young men off now, instead of Desert Storm, it’s now Homeland Security.

Look around at your flags and ribbons. Why not replace them with a new one and make them a sold-out item once again.

This time add a yellow ribbon as well.

We want all our loved ones home again. Stand tall, again show your pride in the job these young men have to do, so we can enjoy just getting up in the morning.

Show your pride in the families they have to leave behind. It will be hard for them, but we can show we care for they are our finest.

No, Sept. 11, 2001, will never be a holiday &045; only a reminder of our sorrow and lost security. If I knew then what I know now. Hold your loved ones close today, whisper in their ear and tell them you love them and you’ll always hold them dear.

For tomorrow is promised to no one &045; young or old alike.

And today may be your last chance to hold your loved one tight