Virtually everyone here in the United States and the world over will be talking about remembering and looking back today. While this is an entirely appropriate impulse on the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC, looking back doesn't do enough.
This is a time to look forward. To live. To experience. It is of immense importance that we spend today being Americans, celebrating our freedom, experiencieng all the wonderful things our country has to offer, gathering to show that we are a people of hope and optimism.
In doing so though, we must also remember all those that died that day and in the years since who were going about their normal American existences when hatred reached out and took them from us. The example should be simple. In their names, we must live our lives without hatred and in support of the ideals that this nation was founded on.
So I say go out today and enjoy baseball games and dance classes, back yard bar-b-ques and dinners out on the town. Be defiantly free in your ability to do as you wish. It's the best way to show those who hate us that hatred cannot stand a chance in the face of optimism and determination.