It is a sad day, but it is also a day to reflect on what has changed in the last 10 years. No, not all the change has been good, but today is not for dwelling on the bad, it is for remembering and for celebrating the little good that resulted from that day. Bin Laden is dead. Democracy is trying to take root in parts of the middle East. And, most importantly, Americans have taken the tragedy of that day and used it to improve and inspire their lives. It was a day that helped us realize that there is more to being American than making money and saying what we want. We are Americans because while we have the freedom to say and do and be what we want, we come together when some of our own are in need. That day there are so many stories of people doing what they could to help- civilians providing food and water to survivors and emergency responders, private citizens using their boats to help evacuate residents of lower Manhattan without any organization or orders to do so. Because we have the freedom to choose whether or not to help- and more often that not, we help.
So while I wish with every ounce of my being that the events of that day had not happened, they happened, and all we can do is take what we can from them and make the world better. The terrorists may have struck a huge blow against us that day, but in the ten years since we are the ones who have won, because we have survived and thrived in spite.