Dear Ohlone Community,
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most single tragic days in our nation’s history—9/11. A day where our sense of national security and safety was shaken to the core—one where we could do nothing more but stop and observe the unfathomable attack on our homeland. As you observe this day in our history, let us remember the lives lost, the families whose loved ones are no longer with us, and the women and men who worked tirelessly to rebuild what was so very destroyed. We must also remember those who survived first-hand and are still dealing with the trauma of the events. Let us also remember the men and women of this U.S. military who sacrifice so much each and every day to keep this country safe, secure, and a place we can all call home.
Today, when we look back, we can also honor our nation’s resilience and become inspired by those who have not only survived this tragedy but have been able to rebuild what was once destroyed, physically, psychologically and mentally. None of us should take our liberties lightly. Even through the challenges we have we should wake up each and every day grateful for life and remember how we can give back and the work we must continually commit to in making our country a better home not only for ourselves, but for our fellow U.S. Americans and those who come here seeking another chance, a new start, and a safe haven.
Eric B. Bishop, Ed.D.
Ohlone Community College District