Today is a national day of mourning. We mourn the loss of life experienced on 9/11/2001 when evil people attacked our nation. We mourn the loss of American freedoms we had before that horrific day, and we mourn the soldiers who have given their lives to continually fight against the evil of that day and on.
But we also can honor the people who continue to fight, the people who give everything they have to keep us safe and secure. All the soldiers, veterans, firefighters, policemen, EMT’s, and other first responders deserve our respect not only on this day, but every day. I personally want to thank them all for their service and sacrifice.
We started the day with an amazing Patriot Day assembly at the kids’ school where we commemorated 9/11 with a color guard, men and women in uniform, and a reminder of why this day exists in the first place. I’m proud that my kids are in a school that does this!
The school also decided that today was a good day to dedicate the benches that were donated by our old neighbor, his family, and his optimist club. Two beautiful benches were constructed on the playground with plaques in remembrance of Csaba. They are so beautiful (I want one at our house!). The former third grade class who knew Csaba also surprised us with painted rocks to put around the benches. It was so moving, and I’m glad I had my camera with me to capture it all…
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this wonderful memorial. It means the world to our family!!