It began as an ordinary, early spring day – teachers going about their business of teaching  students; students doing what normal high school students are wont to do.  At 1140, it dramatically, tragically changed with 12 students and a teacher dead and 23 others physically wounded – many more emotionally scarred.

Two years, four months and 22 days later, another “ordinary” day would close with thousands dead and many more physically and emotionally scarred.  At the Pentagon, among the hundreds and thousands of cards and remembrance banners received, there was one that is still etched in my memory, for I saw it on my way into the building each and every day the following weeks and months.  It was a profoundly simple banner from the students, faculty and parents of Columbine HS that stated their support, love and remembrance.

Today, I return my own as we remember the events of that day ten years ago and the innocence lost.  God bless you all. – SJS