Take today to honor and remember those affected by terrorism. Terrorism is living in constant fear. It is fearing going outside. It is fearing for your family members. It is being afraid to speak and too scared to listen. It is being at home, but not feeling safe. It is not feeling safe anywhere.
Terrorism is not just something that happens on a grand scale, perpetrated by scary men from foreign lands, although it sometimes is. More often are the terrorists in your own countries, towns, neighborhoods or even households.
September 11th shouldn’t be remembered for the fear. The legacy of September 11th is that for the first time in a long time, everyone stood together. In the pain, confusion, and madness, strangers helped each other, stood together and gave willingly.
With millions standing together, fear became courage.
Whether it’s American terrorism in the Middle East, American terrorism in the United States, Middle Easter terrorism in the United States, Syrian terrorism in Syria, terrorism in your home, or terrorism at school, it is all the same. No one should be afraid to live.
Remember September 11th. As Nelson Mandela said “courage [is] not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” Always stand up against terrorism. Help others turn fear into courage. Through courage, terrorism no longer exists.
Please remember those affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as everyone affected by terrorism everywhere in the world and honor and learn from those who fought it or continue to do so.