With the actions taken by ordinary people we gained an understanding of the potential strength that lies within each of us. Today I honor the people on Flight 93 who knowing they they had the chance to save lives gave their own to crash a plane before it reached its target. I honor all those in New York City who rather than run away from the plume of smoke ran toward the danger hoping to make a difference. Yes, the bravery of the firefighters, military members, police and EMTs is laudable, and they are heroes every day they put on a uniform to do their jobs but to me the more powerful memories are those of the heroes in civilian clothing. What we gained on that day ten years ago was the knowledge and responsibility that each of us carries a hero within. That we can and should make a difference whatever our level of skill, knowledge and physical ability. We are heroes, all.
(photo by Oscar)