September 11, 2015
Hinman Remembers 9/11
by Francois Fayad
Mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters. Fourteen years ago today, the murder of nearly 3,000 innocent souls tore at the fabric of our humanity. We gather this morning to honor them and to remind ourselves, and the world, that those whose lives were cut short on September 11, 2001 were just like all of us. They were who we are. They were heading to work, they were boarding an airplane, and some----six in fact----were planning on celebrating what should have been a special time: their birthdays.
It is a solemn honor and national obligation to gather to read the 2,983 names that are forever etched on the 9/11 Memorial. Remembering these individuals for the rich lives that they lived, and not simply for the deaths they suffered, is a reflection of the compassion and love that we have for one another.
Remembering to remember is a powerful act, a sacred statement that the bonds that unite us are stronger than the forces that seek to divide us.
For fourteen years we have gathered together, sharing our grief and reaching out to the families and loved ones who on this day in particular need our strength and love. While the fabric of humanity was torn that day, it was not ripped apart. We see this humanity in the transformation of a site that was filled with tragedy and pain into one of beauty, peace, and inspiration.
Let us all join today by sharing tributes and remember to remember those who died.