We were all in a state of shock on this day 10 years ago. Along with the horrific spectacle of the Twin Towers collapsing, everything America stood for seemed to be coming down around our heads. But out of that tragedy we emerged, stronger than ever in many ways, even if many think we as a nation overreacted in others.
On this day 10 years later, give thanks for what you have. Hug your mom, your wife, your kids, your dog (or cat), or just sit in your front or backyard and look around at the things that many in this world would love to have—and remember the untold scores who have given their lives for you to keep.
I, for one, will think of Heather Voyles Bradford, the daughter of my old boss, Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame© member Bruce Voyles. Heather had tried for years to have children and in the past few days she succeeded in giving birth to her first child, Samuel Forrest Bradford. A decade after all the devastation visited upon New York City, the Pentagon, a lonely field in Pennsylvania and America as a whole, the Voyles are celebrating a new addition. Somehow it seems appropriate that when so many lost so much 10 years ago, there is a new face in this world today to help continue to make America and all Americans proud of what we are now, and what we will be in the future.