On a day such as today, may we all stand as straight and reach as high: grounded in somber remembrance, yet unshackled from our fear.
May we honor their memories, and fill our own, with an equally brilliant display of that which makes us resilient.
May we transcend the scorched bonds of vengeance and rebuild a solid foundation on which our humanity may flourish.
May we open our hearts to a brighter world and revel fully in its colors, without need to discriminate by them.
On this random day, saddled with the sacred weight of death and elevated through the prospect of rebirth, may we remain vigilant against the hateful among us and afford them only pity … that they will never know the warm embrace of our similarities and what it is to be human.
I wish this as a defiant New Yorker.
I wish it as a proud American.
And I wish it as a global citizen.