WDDD® CLIMB FOR COURAGE
WE MUST NEVER FORGET
THE 2,977 SOULS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
ON 9 11
As I walked the field this morning...carrying the American Flag prior to my WDDD® Climb For Courage event honoring the 2,977 lives lost and paying tribute tot he men and women of the Armed Forces....I arranged to play Lee Greenwood "God Bless the USA" in the hopes of touching deep inside those in attendance...a call to action to remember that day and what it means to be American...
As his voice echoed off the stadium walls...."I'm Proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm FREE..."...and the tears began to well in my eyes...the thoughts and feelings flooded back from that tragic day in history - September 11th, 2001 - where Fear began to creep into the hearts and minds of each of us...we watched our fellow Americans die...we felt for them...their families...the children...we asked what can we do to help...we came together and fought back.....and then I reflected for a moment on the state of this great nation we call home today...
somehow...someway... we have FORGOTTEN...we have forgotten who we are and what we stand for...what our forefathers stood for...what the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who sacrificed have done to uphold the freedoms we hold...that September day the world stood still and we came together in solidarity...one nation...strong...proud...resilient...and unwilling to be defeated...We were a United front and we were determined not to fall... what changed?
Take a moment today and remember those feelings...remember your neighbors...your community...black, white, brown, yellow, red - young, old, rich, poor, stop waiting on someone else to fix your community your city, your town, your government, your police, your neighborhood
remember that strength comes when we stand TOGETHER - appreciate what you have and give to others in need...get involved...volunteer...give...act...stop saying NEVER FORGET ...stop saying thank you to a Veteran....HELP THEM...TAKE ACTION and get off your asses and Do Different #WDDD®
"You want a better America...start being better people!" April Hartsook