Thousands perished on September 11th, 2001 in the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania after terrorists attacked America. Cowards who hate us, our lifestyle and the beauty that is America, cut down so many people in their prime.

What can you do today, or any day for that matter, to make things better?  I believe the answer is for us to say, "Thank you" to first responders and to be kind to one another.  It's maybe easy to say thanks, and it might be harder to be kinder to others, but I think it is a nice way to honor those who work to protect us and those who lost their lives.

It's always the soldier, the firefighter, the policeman and the paramedics who run to the danger.  They don't pause.  They don't give it much thought.  These brave men and women leave everything behind - their families, their dreams and in many cases, their lives to protect the rest of us.

It will never be me that goes into a crisis first, and it may never be you, but we do know that there are so many  who will hear the call.  They will be the men and women protecting my family and yours.  It's hard to forget September 11th, 2001 for all of the fear and anger it generated.

It's harder to forget those who died from cancer and other ailments because they were at the World Trade Center sites. It's harder still to think of the firefighters, policemen and paramedics who tried to help and were brought down with the buildings.  Harder still to think of the military people from Acadiana and the rest of our state who have died while serving our country.

I think at least a "Thank you" is in order.  It's the least we can do.  Thank you to every person who is there to respond first; thank you to men and women who give up their families and sometimes their lives to keep us safe and free; and thank you for doing what I can't do.  You are always honored, but especially today.