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We Will Never Forget: Remembering September 11th

At 8:46 a.m. EST American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World

Trade Center.

At 9:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into floors 75-85 of the South Tower of the World

Trade Center.

At 9:37 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the western facade of the United

States Pentagon.

At 9:59 a.m. The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

At 10:07 a.m. Passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 attempt to take control of the hijacked flight to spare further attack on America, but hijackers crash the plane in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania killing all passengers and flight crew aboard.

It is now 10:28 a.m. and the World Trade Center’s North Tower has collapsed 102 minutes after being struck by American Airlines Flight 11.

On a day that is filled with such evil and darkness, let us remember,

There will always be spring.

There will be a time of rebirth and rejuvenation, a time that allows us to cleanse devastating events such as September 11th, 2001 from the forefront of our minds. There will be a time. But today, we choose to remember, because no length of time will break the promise America made all those years ago: We Will Never Forget.

Today offers us a unique time of reflection. Some remember hearing a loud bang on their commute over the Brooklyn Bridge, some remember burning paper littering the streets of Manhattan blocks away from Ground Zero. Many have to relive the anxiety of trying to evacuate a building that was ready to crumble, or the dreaded phone call to loved ones that either ended in relief or deep sorrow. No matter how old you were on 9/11, we must always make a point to see the images of American people desperately running to safety while First Responders ran in the opposite direction.

September 11th has become a magnet for political discourse, and make no mistake, it was a cold, dark day. It was also the catalyst for the bleak times that would lie ahead. But as we look back twenty one years, let us not be filled with hatred or malice; but with hope that hardship, loss and grief will always be followed by spring.

It is our sincere hope that you grant yourself permission to feel any and all emotions that such remembrances offer. Give yourself permission to grieve, and the grace to look forward to the day when the river will thaw and flow again. We honor those who fell that day. We pray their families find comfort in the memories of lives well lived.

We will never succumb to the failure and destruction planned for us on 9/11. America will always rise from the darkest of ashes and look for the glow of a horizon that promises to strengthen our bond as a nation, and guide us to better and brighter days.

You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen.

- Ernest Hemmingway, A Moveable Feast

If you or a loved one feels overwhelmed by grief, depression, anxiety etc., we recommend that you reach out to a trusted friend or health professional, or visit Mental Health American for information and resources.

Never Forget that we are all in this together.

Sincerely,

Ben Checketts

Creative Director and Co-Founder

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