It was 2001, soon after the World Trade Center attacks, when a momfriend and I both volunteered to help with the talent show and lead my middle girl Heather's kindergarten classmates in singing God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood.
There were many songs of patriotism sung that night, each met with the more than just the obligatory whoots and hollers from various family members, friends and teachers, as our children waved their flags and mouthed words they didn't quite understand at the time, followed by standing ovations that lasted very late into the evening.
Heather is a junior in high school, Holly a college freshman in the spring, their two youngest siblings continue to navigate through the myriad of hallways of middle school with no recollection of this day, 11 years ago.
Time goes on. My husband and I gaze across the Raritan Bay and it still takes a few moments to orientate ourselves. The feeling that there is something missing will always be there, as we remember.
God Bless the USA.
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