Monday, September 12, 2011

i'm proud to be an american, where at least i know i'm free.

these were taken at the 9/11 memorial at tempe town lake yesterday. i can't even begin to describe how moving it was. they had flags staked in the grass for each of the 3,000 people who lost their lives that day. when you saw the towers fall and the destruction it caused - 3,000 didn't seem like a lot. but when you see the numbers first hand, represented right before your eyes it was overwhelming. i was 10 years old at the time of the attacks. every so often i think back on how little i understood back then, how confused i was at the situation, how i really thought i had no connection to what was going on. if only i knew then what i know now. i am so grateful to those who lost their lives that day and to the many that GAVE their lives that day as well. while people were running out of the towers after the planes hit, police officers, firefighters, and medics were all running in. i have such extreme gratitude for these everyday heroes' sacrifice. after being at that memorial and seeing the sights that i saw, it is apparent now more than ever that i will never forget that day in our country's history.

Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin. I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men. And ye ought to say in your hearts — let God judge between me and thee, and reward thee according to thy deeds. - D&C 64:9-11