Contributed by Cyndy Hinkelman-Smith
Fourteen years ago today on September 11, 2001, tragedy struck our nation when we were attacked in several locations by terrorists. Close to 3,000 people died during the attacks. Many of us know a friend or a loved one, or someone that the friend/loved one knew who lost their lives that day. In addition to those that died in the buildings that were attacked on 9/11, over 400 firefighters, policemen and emergency service providers lost their lives.
As a tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11, the North Metro Fire and Broomfield Police Department hosted their annual (and moving) 9/11 Memorial Ceremony this morning at the Broomfield Amphitheater and the 9/11 Memorial Park. They want the families and friends of those who died in 9/11, the community, and our nation "to know we have not forgotten their sacrifice." Today's memorial was an opportunity to remember the strength, courage and determination of the people of our great nation, and to honor those we lost in the attacks. Seeing the 9/11 Memorial Park and the statues was a moving experience.
In a touching tribute by Michael Faughnah, brother of Colorado’s own Chris Faughnan who worked at the top of the World Trade Center’s North Tower and was killed in the attacks, Michael spoke about how important it is to move forward with hope, strength, and most importantly, do good in spite of the tragedy of 9/11.
Here is "Chris Faughnah's Guide to the Universe" that Michael read to the audience:
- Love and enjoy your family
- Use your good fortune to help others
- Care for the environment - never walk by a pice of litter without picking it up
- Show respect to all people
- Mentor a child
- Work hard at your job and always be honest
- Lend an ear to someone who needs to talk
- Be knowledgeable about the world, form an opinion and act on it
- Drink good wine, listen to good music and ride your bike!
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