On this day, National Day of Service and Remembrance, Americans pause to reflect on the devastating Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. We remember those we lost. And, give thanks to the brave first responders that put their lives on the line to help. So today, this 9/11, take a moment to remember with me.

I doubt anyone will ever forget where they were on that morning, when they heard of the attacks on the twin World Trade Towers in NYC, the Pentagon in Washington and the field in Shanksville, Pa.

This horrible and tragic day is etched forever in our memories. Like the attack on Pearl Harbor that brought us into World War II, the 9/11 attacks led us into a new war … the war on terrorism. It also touched and changed forever the lives of each and every American.

On this anniversary of 9/11, I encourage you to spend a few minutes reflecting upon this tragedy and praying for the victims who died, and their families and friends.

To reflect, 19 Islamic al-Qaeda militants hijacked four planes. The hijackings originated from Boston, Newark and Washington airports. One plane each hit the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The planes’ engulfing firestorm ultimately brought down both towers, also destroying the Marriott Hotel. A third plane hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane ultimately crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pa. Passengers on that plane learned of the fate of the other planes and unsuccessfully attempted to take back control of the plane from the suicidal hijackers. Everyone aboard was killed. A total of 2,977 victims died that day.

Just as we commend the bravery of the first responders and the helpers, we must keep alive the memories of the people that didn’t make it. We must celebrate their lives and make sure that they’re never forgotten.

Take time today to remember those who walked out their door that fateful day never to return. There will forever be the shadow of an emptiness for their loved ones at birthday parties, athletic events, family gatherings, holidays, etc. One of the best ways we can honor them is incredibly meaningful when the nation remembers collectively, making a concerted effort to educate the next generation. Join me in wearing red, white and blue today to show we remember.

Liberty Ranch homecoming week starts this coming Monday. Laguna Creek of Elk Grove will be traveling to the Hawks for the games on Friday. The dance will be Saturday. Check the school’s website for additional homecoming week activities.

Galt High will have their homecoming the first week of October – more to come as we get closer.

Dates to remember:

Thursday, Sept. 19 – Herald Fire Protection District meeting – Hendrickson Training Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20-23 – Autumnal Equinox Date depending on where you live

Wednesday, Sept. 25 – Liberty Ranch FFA Drive-thru BBQ. Last day to order is this Friday. Call the Liberty Ranch AG Dept.

Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 – Galt High homecoming week

Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Herald 4-H meeting at Arcohe School

Wednesday, Oct. 2 – Herald Community Club meeting – Hendrickson Training Center, 7 p.m.

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous, make a memory.