Remembering 9/11 Heroes: Ultimate Good Neighbors

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If you’re like me, there’s a part of you looking forward to September 12. Ten years after 9/11, it’s still painful to remember what happened that day. All the retrospectives going on at the moment are a little hard to face.

9/11 Memorial

By Vincent Desjardin

But I find I can’t stop thinking about the heroes, the ultimate Good Neighbors. To this day I am still struck by the people who, in the blink of an eye, ran inside buildings that were about to crumble. Or the complete strangers that banded together to bring down a plane before terrorists reached their intended target.

Thousands of ordinary people, who when faced with colossal sacrifice, gave of themselves for the sake of rescuing and helping others on that day, and in the weeks and months that followed.

Or the thousands of people in communities across the country who without much fanfare have reached out to help in small ways, either by donating money, or just reaching out to those near and far impacted by the events.

As the ultimate Good Neighbors, they embody the spirit of what helping others, the community and the world, are all about.

There are thousands of stories of compassion from that day, as well as from the days, weeks, and months that followed. Because what happened on 9/11 didn’t just start and end that one clear September day. The event has had a ripple effect on the U.S. and the rest of the world that stretches to this very day.

So, yes, it is still painful to remember. We can choose to focus on the pain, and the evil that brought about the pain. Or we can choose to focus on those that gave of themselves, and those that continue to do so, for the sake of others.

This Sunday, Sept. 11, lets remember our ultimate Good Neighbors.

For the next three days, we’ll be posting links to stories of 9/11 good neighbors.

Do you have a story of an ultimate 9/11 Good Neighbor? Share with us in the comments!

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