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"Remembering September 11th, 2001"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018




Dear Freedom’s Light Supporters,

Tomorrow is the 9th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks where nearly 3000 Americans lost their lives. If you are like me, it is a very difficult time of year. Some find their minds drifting back to that tragic day thinking of a lost family member or friend. Others feel a sense of guilt for having their sorrow dissipate over the years, wondering if they are somehow breaking their pledge to “never forget.”

I want to let you know that I specifically designed the Freedom’s Light website for days like this Saturday. For people looking for a way to express themselves, there is a “Dedication Wall” on the site where people can leave a heartfelt message, letting a loved one know that we will never forget. For a person looking for some inspiration in overcoming adversity, I’ve posted all of my past newsletters in the “Pat’s Journal” section for ease of reference. Finally, if a person felt compelled to donate to one of the 4 charities like Tuesday’s Children, a person would know that 100% of their donation would go directly to their chosen charity, maximizing its impact. The Freedom’s Light Program does not retain one single penny of anyone’s donation.

So this September 11th, my challenge is to not let the negative energy fester inside of you. Call someone you know. Express how you feel. Use the site, if it helps. Just keep your chins up and honor the memories of the fine people lost that day. It took me 9 years to see this, but I’ve finally realized that the best way to honor the dead is to remember them. And in the case of our first responders and military service members who died standing between us and harm’s way… well, the best way to honor them is even more simple: act worthy of their sacrifice. This can only be done by living for today and not being stuck in the past.

I hope this message serves to help those struggling through this weekend. It may not address all of the pain you might feel, but I’ve found that taking this attitude has helped me tremendously.

Stay Positive and God Bless,