It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since the United States of America watched an unprecedented horror occur on its soil. On Friday, the St. Thomas Aquinas High School community gathered in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001 and paid tribute in word, in song, and in prayer to those whose lives were tragically cut short by evil.
Special thanks to Dover Fire Chief Paul Haas and Lieutenant Scott Blaisdell with the Rye Police Department for joining us. And to our Saints (Tyler Frederick, Abigail Thornton, Jack Lacouture, Mya Ford, Ryan Abbott, Ashleyrose Saffie, Madison LaForce, and Rory Perretti) for contributing to and participating in the ceremony.
September 10, 2021
President Dan S. Soller
As we gather in memorial for the many Americans and others who died on September 11, 2001 it is indeed good for us to reflect on why we are here together.
Those of us of a certain age will always remember, for the rest of our lives, where we were when we first heard the fateful news of a plane striking the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Then another airplane stuck the towers, then another hit our military headquarters, The Pentagon, just outside Washington D.C. We later learned that a fourth plane crashed in Shanksville, PA after brave passengers forced a crash. Other heroes were also born that day, as for example courageous firemen and policemen joined with medical personnel to work without rest to assist the injured and save lives.
Almost 3, 000 people died in 9/11, and the ripple effects changed our world with new restrictions on flying, the creation of our official Homeland Security, new foreign wars, and countless new policies and restrictions designed for our safety. Millions of people have in fact been affected by the events from 9/11.
But regardless of when we were born, and what we actually remember or know of that fateful day, we are here, together, to remember those who have fallen not because they were just Americans, but because we are not just human beings who are spiritual, but rather because we are spiritual beings who are human. We are all connected to each other, in God’s hand and relationship, and we must care for each other.
9/11 reminds us that the mystery of evil is present, and we must strengthen our relationship with God and his angels to maintain our courage for victory in the cause of justice and goodwill to all peoples. We must remember… and never forget. We must RISE and seek to be better. I am reminded that our theme of the year is Truth, Unity and Peace. There are no better words to guide us in these times.
Please, reflect with me in prayer:
Angel of God
my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard,
to rule and guide. AMEN
Thank you, and Godspeed to all of you on this day and the days ahead.