BENEFITING: TUESDAYS CHILDREN
EVENT DATE: Sep 11, 2016
Anyone that knows me at all, knows that I will never forget 9/11. All though I can not entirely explain it, that day impacted me beyond belief. Every year I try to raise money to help a charity connected to 9/11, with the help of friends and family. I have done motorcycle rides out to the three memorials with police escorts the entire way, with 1000 motorcycles in tow, raising money for America's 9/11 Foundation. It is a vision one can not imagine unless you actually see it. This year I am running in a marathon, ( which is 26.2 miles for those of you that don't know), along with trying to complete 2016 miles in 2016. The marathon is the Holland Haven, and it takes place on 9/11. I am trying to raise $2,996.00. This is one dollar for each person that was lost on that fateful day 15 years ago!
This year, I opted to choose Tuesday's Children for my charity. I also chose to do this in an online format so that my friends and family can donate directly to the charity. Formed in the aftermath of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Tuesday's Children is a response and recovery organization that supports youth, families, and communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss. Donations can be made by the mile, time, or just a number that you choose. A donation of any amount would be so gratefully appreciated.
I know this has been a bit long, but I will end with a post that I made last year on Facebook that really sums up 9/11 to me.
As the15th anniversary of 9/11 is upon us, I chose to post the words of another. 15 years ago we did in fact all come together as one. One race, one nationality, one sex, one age...instead of finding ways to separate from one another, we found ways to come together. There was beauty in a whole world coming together to fix the devastation of a small part of the world of NYC, The Pentagon, and a small field in Shanksville, Pa. The unfortunate part is that it did not last. Watch one 1/2 hour of news at any given time on any given channel, in any given area. Why is it that it takes a disaster of such devastating proportions to bring us together as one? Today, let us remember that feeling of togetherness 15 years ago on 9/11. May we never forget❤️
Here is a poem called ONE Written by Cheryl Sawyer
As the soot and dirt and ash rained down, We became one color.
As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning building, We became one class.
As we lit candles of waiting and hope We became one generation.
As the firefighters and police officers fought their way into the inferno We became one gender.
As we fell to our knees in prayer for strength, We became one faith.
As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement, We spoke one language.
As we gave our blood in lines a mile long, We became one body.
As we mourned together the great loss We became one family.
As we cried tears of grief and loss We became one soul.
As we retell with pride of the sacrifice of heros We become one people.
We are One color
We are The Power of One.
We are United.
We are America.