September 11, 2020 finds America in a unique place in history.

COVID-19 has come, not like a thief-in-the-night (as the cliche goes), but more like a noisy horde of vandals, and stolen away the year 2020.

Here in Coronado, COVID-19 has walked away with the Coronado Flower Show … the Salute to the Military Ball … the Coronado Fourth of July Parade … MotorCars on MainStreet … Concerts-in-the-Park … the Optimist Club Sports Fiesta … the Rotary Club Low Tide Ride-and-Stride … the Class of 2020 Graduation … the list of valuables lost could go on for pages.

Also lost, the City’s traditional 9/11 memorial service hosted by the Coronado Fire Department.

September 11, 2001 was another unique place in history.

The terrorist hi-jacking of four airliners, their subsequent use as weapons, and the destruction of the World Trade Center is a horrific series of events where most every American alive that day remembers where they were when they heard the news … or saw the images … of the towers collapsing.

Out of that darkest moment, where the worst of humanity was on display, shining lights broke through. From Todd Beamer’s “Let’s Roll” … to every single first responder who went bravely up those stairs as the walls came down around them … the best of humanity was on display.

Today, September 11, 2020, we remember, and honor, that best in humanity with a rerunning of stories and editorials from the past that honor, and remember, September 11, 2001.

And we challenge you … to act today, such that 20 years from now, you will shine bright as the best of humanity on display.

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