Friday, September 10, 2010

Remembering 9-11-2001

"'Time never heals; we carry on because we have to,' said Christy Coombs of Abington, Mass., reading aloud from the letter sent to her by Kennedy.' 

Taken from ABC:
"Cindy McGinty's husband, Mike, a 42-year-old insurance executive, had been killed inside the World Trade Center.  She was home in Massachusetts with the couple's sons.  "My phone rang, and there was this big booming voice on it," she said.  It was Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., calling to express his condolences.  "I think, given his own history -- he had lost his own brother to very tragic events ... he had lost many members of his own family -- I just thought it must have brought back memories for him."  It was a difficult call Kennedy would make 176 more times. Calling to offer his help to nearly all of the Massachusetts families who lost a loved one that day.  Kennedy sent every one of the Massachusetts families who lost loved ones on Sept. 11 a personal, hand-signed letter every year following the attacks."  Senator Kennedy "To Cindy McGinty, who doesn't know the word defeat," McGinty read from a note to her on a painting from Kennedy.  "He knew we were still feeling the loss," said of Kennedy.  "If he thinks that about me, then I can certainly put one foot in front of the other and keep going," she said. "It really does inspire me."

If Senator Ted Kennedy were still with us today I'm sure each family in Massachusetts who lost a loved one this day in 2001 would have received a letter from him. 

May the people who lost loved ones feel carried in their loss as Kennedy once said, 'may all those cares be our concern.'  May we carry on his torch and help to bring hope and inspiration in our world around us that we all may know no defeat even in the worst of circumstances.

I spent last month and the first of this month reflecting on both Kennedy's legacy and the loss and hurt from 9-11-2001.  "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. - Senator Edward M. Kennedy."  We remember!

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