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September 17, 2013

My point is... Vigil

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — September 11, 1978

Joyous anticipation of a new life entering the world and a family abounded as a grandmother, sisters, in-laws gathered at the hospital on this blissful afternoon. First-time parents awaited their miracle, this child that signified their love and dedication.

But there was trouble and the unborn child struggled for survival as the cord that had furbished her growth now began to strangle her. Fear of the challenges ahead for the tiny child, as an incubator sustained her, was utmost in the hearts and minds of the family. The tension was thick and countless prayers were uttered as the waiting room vigil dragged on for hours. Good news finally came. The hope of better to come was the relaxant that finally brought them to rest, only to rise again with fortitude for this happy beginning of a new life that would bring much happiness to the family legacy.

 

September 11, 2001

The world watched in shock as the massive towers thought to be indestructible crumbled to the ground as flames soared from within and above. The screams of terror and the sounds of death rang into the hearts of all who witnessed the horror, as media outlets ran and re-ran the unbelievable tragedy that had befell our nation. Those who survived ran for their very lives, chased by the soot and ashes of the fiery buildings. Thousands were not so fortunate and the vigil that echoed of terror and death launched around the world. Soon after, more deaths and tragedy as the protectors of our nation were targeted and again, we were gripped in fear. Minutes later, the fourth — and final — vengeful act exemplified the strength and faith that defines this nation as desperate Americans stood their ground and although sacrificing their own lives, diverted another proposed attack on the nation’s Capitol. Among the sorrow arose hope, strength, and the fight to survive.

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