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Out of terrible tragedy comes a sense of hope and community

Last week, the Herald & Tribune received a phone call from a gentleman who expressed his dismay that the Town of Jonesborough is having its annual Townwide Yard Sale on September 11.
The caller told us that he felt the Town was being disrespectful by having such an event on a day when so many American lives were lost.
He gave us a lot to think about.
No matter who you are, where you live, or what you do for a living, we’re willing to bet that you remember where you were and what you were doing on September 11, 2001.
At the Herald & Tribune, we were putting the final touches on our weekly edition when a call came in, telling us the sketchy details of what we would later learn was an insidious attack by terrorists.
It was a nerve-wracking day, marked by uncertainty and fear. There were many tears shed as we struggled through the morning, revising our front page to carry the story of hate and horror.
In the days that followed, we had to face the reality that terrorists came into our country and took American lives on American soil.
And for a while, everything stopped.
But somehow, some way, we slowly found our way back. Determined that those precious lives would not be lost in vain, Americans pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and once again freedom and courage prevailed.
With anger and unspeakable sadness in our hearts, we came back, refusing to let our way of life be stolen from us.
Newspapers across the nation began to tell the stories of the strength, the heroism and the hope that sustains us.
Jonesborough isn’t the only town that will be having public events on September 11. Many other villages and cities across the nation will have a host of activities going on that day, activities that will bring people together.
Even though we will never forget our tragic loss, we can celebrate those lives lost by living ours. Focusing on our spirit of community is perhaps the best way of all to silently say to our enemies, “You did not win.”