Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Beautiful 9/11 Remarks By Joe Biden

On the site of Flight 93's passenger-initiated crash 11 years ago today, U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden delivered some remarkably tender thoughts for the family members of the passengers of that flight. Drawing on feelings he's experienced regarding his own personal tragedy nearly 40 years ago, Biden put things in exactly the right context, such as with this section:

"My hope for you all is that as every year passes, the depth of your pain recedes and you find comfort, as I have, genuine comfort in recalling his smile, her laugh, their touch. And I hope you’re as certain as I am that she can see what a wonderful man her son has turned out to be, grown up to be; that he knows everything that your daughter has achieved, and that he can hear, and she can hear how her mom still talks about her, the day he scored the winning touchdown, how bright and beautiful she was on that graduation day, and know that he knows what a beautiful child the daughter he never got to see has turned out to be, and how much she reminds you of him. For I know you see your wife every time you see her smile on your child’s face. You remember your daughter every time you hear laughter coming from her brother’s lips. And you remember your husband every time your son just touches your hand."

If you haven't yet lost anyone close to you, those may just seem like words. But they're a lot more than that to those of us who have.

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