September 11, 2001, was a wake up call to the American people and the world. The acts of terrorism upon the United States were unimaginable to the people of the Land of the Free.

Our belief that we were invincible was shattered. In the wake of the violence and horrendous loss of lives, Americans still wonder how it happened.

At that moment in time, Americans came together to experience the sorrow of the lose of members of their family — the American Family.

And, as a family, we found ways to help those closest to the tragedy. Fund raisers, caring letters of sympathy, sharing food and helping hands were extended to those on the east coast.

People have moved on and live their lives, but a piece of their heart will never be healed. Just the mention of the date brings tears to the eyes of people a thousand miles away in Valencia County.

During the upcoming week, memorial services are planned across the county for residents to reflect on the events of the past year. All are meaningful, as they help locally and collectively, with other similar events across the country, to help heal America.

These events are also times for our community to again come together to join in prayers of peace, in hopes that events such as those of Sept. 11 will never happen again.

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The Valencia County News-Bulletin is a locally owned and operated community newspaper, dedicated to serving Valencia County since 1910 through the highest journalistic and professional business standards. The VCNB is published weekly on Thursdays, including holidays both in print and online.