+10I thought I would mention this because it was one of those touching experiences you'll never forget. I am currently taking some language courses abroad in Russia funded by Uncle Sam and I spent most of the day thinking about 9/11 and remembering when I first heard the news. I remembered that day when I decided that I was going to devote my future career to serving our republic in exchange for all the freedoms it's provided me that others do not have.
Well I went to meet some Russian friends at a local bar, and when I got to the table I noticed they had a small shot of Vodka in the middle of table with piece of black bread on top of the shot. I thought this was strange as usually this is done when a friend as recently died (specifically in war). They explained to me that they knew what day it was and they too remember being shocked at what occurred in our country. They explained wanted to mourn with me the loss of those Americans that were murdered at the hands of Islamic extremists.
Of course I was shocked that they had thought about it, but they explained they too had lost citizens at the hands of Islamic extremists a few months ago in the Moscow subway bombings and other terrorist attacks. So we all raised our glasses in toast and remembrance to those innocents who were murdered that day and prayed that God would guide both our countries to a future free of extremist violence.
I know it's a bit off topic, but it was a very special experience of kindness and understanding that I thought I would share with all of you. There are all kinds of political issues between Russia and the U.S, but today....it seemed like it didn't matter. We were all as one in mourning for those who died on 9/11.
Be sure to give to give a toast in remembrance. Hope to be back home soon.
Enjoy your time with friends and remember the fallen.