Just hearing the date of September 11th makes me catch my breath, even after fourteen years. I distinctly remember that morning, hearing from a neighbor while walking my dog that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I returned to my house in time to watch the second tower collapse, and then learn about the Pentagon attack. One of my closest friends and Naval Academy classmates was in the Pentagon at the time of the attack – she helped evacuate the dead and wounded and render first aid. Another classmate, Patrick Dunn, was killed. Many other folks I know lost friends and family in the World Trade Center or United flight 93 that crashed in a Pennsylvania field. Whether we knew a victim or a first responder personally or not, the entire country was deeply impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. We were united as a nation as we stood up to denounce the attack and respond to the tragedy.

May we use these memories to remind us to cherish every day, and to find ways to touch the lives of others. At a recent LGBT Roundtable organized by Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Leader reminded us that one of the most powerful ways to make a difference is thru legislation, which is done by our elected officials, who are elected at the ballot box. Change begins at the ballot box. We at Alice hope you not only make a difference by exercising your right to vote on or before November 3rd, but also help us in our Field campaign to distribute our voter guides and encourage others to vote. Find out more on how to get involved at our membership meeting Monday, September 14th.

In loving memory of those lost on 9/11,

Zoe Dunning

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