Minnesota / Sept. 11, 2012 / by Chris

Today we mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It is difficult, particularly on a project devoted to spreading and promoting positive news, to give adequate space to honor those who lost their lives in this tragic attack. For those of us on the bus, 9/11 was our generation's Pearl Harbor, our JFK assassination; it is a moment that will forever be seared in our consciousness, a moment when our national identity in a global world changed.

But we also remember how out of the shock and hurt came a national unity like we have not experienced in my lifetime before or since. We put aside politics and united behind the families of the victims, those who defend our country, and instead of fear and terror, in many instances, we showed the best of what our country is capable of.

I can't say we did everything perfectly as a country in the aftermath, but in traveling the country I think we have found that the resilient spirit that defined America as a country after 9/11 still survives in its people today. Our ability to take a bad situation and turn it around for good manifests itself in amazing and beautiful ways, whether it is in stories like TAKE Defense or Your Ride is Here or in stories like today's where our communities unite behind our troops and veterans in order to make their difficult lives just a little easier.

We won't ever forget those who died 11 years ago today, nor those who have given their lives protecting us, whether as soldiers, police, or firefighters. But today we also remember our American spirit, the necessity of setting aside our minor differences for the sake of worthy causes, and our ability to take even our lowest moments and turn them into motivation to build a better future.