Forgiveness is difficult to extend; in some cases, it’s nearly impossible. Aircraft attacks on American society in New York City (and elsewhere) on September 11, 2001, destroyed the lives of thousands. It killed, maimed, and sickened Americans of all creeds and genders.
Even today, doctors from Ohio, and/or California, estimate that of 90,000 people who helped sort things out that day in the affected area in New York City alone, only 65,000 are registered in a program responding to reports of their illnesses. Many are going untreated for respiratory, and other possible aftermath sickness.
As many as 9,500 medical responders came from areas outside New York City to give aid and offer help on September 11. These people also are suffering from lung failures after being overly exposed to the toxic fumes created when huge clouds of concrete dust fell like fog over the city streets as the Trade Center Towers pancaked onto sidewalks and other buildings.
My gratitude today is for the power of prayer: for the survival of our country following those unwarranted attacks, for remembrance, and for those who continue to suffer to find peace.
God Bless America. What can you do to help?
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg