Today is a day of reflection for everyone nation wide. 8 years ago we were attacked not only a physical attack but an emotional attack. We were all affected by what happened that day and what it did in the end was bring the nation together. I always feel emotional on this day but also thankful. I did not personally know anyone that lived through the attacks or was murdered on that day, but I did meet some of the brave firefighters that were there on 9/11 in NYC.
I had the honor of meeting them at Walter Reed. My husband was in PT only a couple of months after he was injured and he was riding a recumbent bike. They showed up and asked if they could talk to us for a minute, and of course we wanted to talk to them. We wanted to thank them for their service. The first thing they said was thank you for your sacrifice to my husband. This was shocking to both of us and we were thankful to them and their selfless acts on that day. We thanked them and made some small talk and it ended with me hugging each of them. They gave us a couple of signed tee-shirts and it is still one of the most cherished things we got at Walter Reed.
I am so thankful for the nation coming together and trying to rebound from this tragedy. I am thankful for the service members across the nation that went to war because of 9/11. I am thankful for my husband and his sacrifice. I regret not visiting ground zero while we were in DC. I hope one day to visit and see the impact it made on this nation. I also want to pay my respects, never forget America.