After 9-11, We Rise Above

There are a few historical moments when you remember where you were on that fateful day.  On September 11, I was seven months pregnant standing in my classroom preparing my lessons for the day while I watched the news to understand why a plane flew into the North Tower.

The rest of the day is a blur.  I couldn’t tell you what I taught that day, however, I remember coming home and being glued to CNN to learn more of what had happened.  That evening, I watched the replay of the towers collapsing and footage of dust-covered people fleeing the city.

Eleven years later, I visited the 9/11 Memorial with my family this summer.  As we walked through the hallowed grounds, the horrific images from that fateful day flashed through my mind.

Yet, a sense of pride overcame me.  The terrorists tried to tear us down, but through the rubble, the dust and the tears, we became stronger.  The lives crushed and the emptiness created from a collapsing financial institution has been restored and rebuilt into a place of honor.

We lost so much that day, loved ones and heroes, but we rose above the destruction and the pain. Tomorrow, as the Tribute in Lights illuminate into heaven, it is another demonstration of how we still rise above and shine on with vigor.

But we will never forget.


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Denise Mestanza-Taylor+


  1. Cathy Kennedy says:

    I know precisely how you feel, Denise. I recall with such clarity that ill-fate morning. What evil people of the world will never understand is the American people are to never be underestimated. We will Rise Up each and every time we are knocked off our feet with more strength and courage than before. This nation was built on other’s sacrifice, blood, sweat, and tears which we still carry with great pride. Thanks for the beautiful reminder of how this nation did Rise Above it all. Let freedom rock n’ roll forever and may God bless America!

  2. Danielle @ Royalegacy Reviews & More says:

    We won’t ever forget 9/11. It was a day of infamy. Perfect song choice for commemoration.

    • Run DMT says:

      Yes, it really is. I heard it on the radio about a year ago and wanted to use it for last year’s 911 post. However, when I heard Paul Simon perform Sound of Silence at the 10th anniversary tribute, I chose to share that instead.

      Thank you for stopping by.

  3. xmasdolly says:

    Someone above said she doesn’t think the world will forget. The world better NOT forget. We can never be caught with our drawers down again! People united! It was amazing, but what was more amazing is how soon we stopped. The killing in the streets started all over again. Robbing, and fighting each other. Gangs if anyone reading this is in a gang or knows someone in a gang tell them to hear these songs of 9-11. Tell them to listen and know these words! Tell them Bin Laden is DEAD! Reunite fellow citizens as we did back then. Great song Denise. Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs.

  4. JamericanSpice says:

    I used to hear people say, I remember where I was when…”
    And like now I know it’s true because so many years later. I knew exactly what I was doing and how I felt and the sequence of that day.

    Perfect song honey.
    Thanks for sharing with us today!

    Just able to access my blog again from the hack.

    Have a great week!

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