I sit here, in tears. 365 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes after one of the most memorable days of my life. Not because I hit the winning home run, not because I just said "I do" to the most incredible love of my life, not because I just witnessed my first born and not even because I just received a kidney transplant that saved my life. I sit here in tears from the feeling of lose on this day . The loss of the fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters and the loss of the hopes of so many and the lives they had planned. Just another Tuesday morning we thought. Nothing different from the Tuesday before. The everyday kiss good-bye to daddy. The hug from mom as she dropped you off at school on her way to work. The angry word to the guy who cut you off in traffic on your way to the office. The excuse for not calling grandma because you could "do it later". Later was taking from over 3000 of our people in just one moment on that "just another Tuesday". How many of us since that early September morning have forgotten that hug or that kiss. How many have forgotten to pick up the phone and tell Grandma "We love You". How many times have we gotten angry over something as petty as being the first to get to the next stop light?. It's time we look back and remember what we saw and felt that day. To remember what it was like to feel lost, confused, and scared. Having your freedom tested. Wondering how this could happen to you and your Land of the Free. I know that I have come to appreciate My Country, My Freedom and My God. It is my hope that we can take this chapter in our lives and grow to understand that the only way to find Peace in the World is to find the Peace within ourselves. Peace is not a world without conflict or battles. As long as there are differences in people there will be differences in our World. But as Americans it is up to us and this great country to do its part in maintaining a sense of balance in this place we call home. For those in this world who have yet to know the taste of freedom or democracy, we offer our supporting hand. We fight for those who thirst for the American Dream but are held down by the Blanket of Terror. We cannot except anything other then the rights given to us by our forefathers. So as we go to fight the evil that so swiftly took the lives of our people and haunts us still today, I ask that we please Stand United as One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for All.
Fred G. Ellis Jr.
September 11th 2002