Never take tomorrow for granted

Today marks the 16 year anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. On that day, terrorists used hijacked airplanes to bring down the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, and also heavily damaged the Pentagon outside of Washington D.C.

As bad as that day truly was, it could have been markedly worse if it wasn’t for the brave and selfless individuals aboard Flight 93 who, together, overtook the hijackers and crashed the plane into an empty field in Shanksville, Pa.

The crash took the life of everyone on board, but it managed to keep the airliner from doing damage to another high-profile target in our nation’s capital.

We all remember how we felt that day as we watched the horrific events unfold. It birthed a sense of fear, anger as well as patriotism. We were unsure what was going to happen next, and we definitely wanted vengeance against those who would perpetrate such an attack and we felt proud that despite the terrifying nature of what was done, America was still here and as strong as ever.

So, as you go about your normal routine today, remember how that ill-fated day 16 years ago started out “normal” as well. We hope it does not take another tragic event like Sept. 11, 2001 to make us appreciate just how good we as Americans have it.

So, hug your loved ones. Fly your flag. Donate to a worthy cause. Remember why it’s a good idea to do these things every day.

As Sept. 11, 2001 proved, tomorrow can never be taken for granted.

May the souls of those lost on that day forever rest in peace and may America always stand as a beacon of freedom.