We spend a lot of time remembering in late summer in Louisiana.
This year, we faced the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. We don’t forget, anyway… every day, as we drive through town, we remember things that “ain’t dere no mo’.” The old movie theater. That one restaurant down on the water. My friend’s uncle’s camp. Looking ten years in the face, though, it’s amazing at what has grown in our area since the storm. The new movie theater. These four new restaurants in Olde Towne. That fantastic new bridge that is so much better than the old one.
We move forward. Not just in Louisiana – in America. We stop briefly and acknowledge what once was, and we look with pride at what now is, thinking of what will be. We move forward.
On September 11, 2015, we all stop and acknowledge what once was. We are told “Never Forget.” As if we could possibly forget the scariest, saddest day of our communal lives.
We stop, we remember. We pray, we cry. We hug our loved ones a little tighter. We wave our flag.
And then we move forward. We will never forget the sacrifices made for our freedoms, including the ultimate sacrifice made by rescuers on September 11, 2001. Yet we know they never stopped and looked back, so we must not, either. We move forward.
We move forward, better for the collective memories and the knowledge that our country is and will always be united by the things that “ain’t dere no mo'” – and the things which have been created since disasters struck. We will not stop moving forward, that’s not in our nature.
Sterling Global Products remembers and honors the sacrifices made and acts of heroism shown fourteen years ago today. We remember and honor the people that were there to help strangers find safety, both during the September 11 attacks as well as during Hurricane Katrina. We do not have big enough words of gratitude.
And we move forward.