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Remembering 9/11

Never ForgetToday is 14 years since the horrific events of September 11, 2001 and how they changed our world, changed our lives, and the lives of our children. Whether you lost a loved one, know someone who lost a loved one, or just watched the destruction on television, I imagine you remember where you were on that day and at that time. Fortunately events such as 9/11 do not occur frequently in our life times and therefore are engrained into our memories which I believe it is a good thing.  We should remember 9/11. We should remember the people who lost their lives, and we should remember the first responders and the survivors.

This event transcends any individual beliefs – religious, political or otherwise. We are all part of the same human race and we are Americans, regardless of our heritage. My wish for our children, and future generations, is that they do not have these types of engrained memories. My hope is that future generations may focus their time and energy on positive, productive activities in a safe and peaceful world. We do not live in that world today. Fortunately, most of the people that read this have the incredible opportunity to spend their days at schools with children and we have an opportunity to make an impact on their lives. For many of these children, they were not yet born when 9/11 happened and it may be just another event in history to learn about. For me, and for all of you, we do remember 9/11 – that day 14 years ago that changed our lives. We have moved on, but I will never forget and I hope none of you will.

I encourage you to just take a minute today to consider how fortunate you are.  Move the to-do list to the side, reach out to family, friends, and colleagues and be grateful for everything you have. I know that I am grateful, everyday, for all I have – my family, my friends, and the opportunity  to work with all of you and support our missions as well as help a new generation of children become adults.


Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO

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