Within a lifetime, there are those few dates that have special meaning to us: our birthday, the day our children was born, or the day that our love ones passed away. It is the actions and events on these dates that defined who we are, that shaped the person that we have become, as they solidifies our past and present, and present to us a possible future.
September 11th was one of those dates for me. I changed on that day. No longer do I look at the world the same way. I am not the boy that I used to be, but now a man, stronger but deeply scarred of knowledge.
And on that very day, out of the ashes and chaos, rose others who also developed exceptional strength, those that overcame mighty hurdles and became heroes to other. They are the ones who sacrificed all, who stood on the edge of deep darkness, and still able to see the light through the dark cloudy murk.
The upcoming Sunday of September 11th again will have a special meaning to the VeloViets. It is on this weekend for the past years that the VeloViets celebrated this special day. We called it a ride of remembrance, a "We Remember" ride, and each one of us has a reason to ride, and a story to tell.
And yes... there were memorable stories on the ride from past year too... of heroes, of sacrifice, of weakness, and of strength. There was the amazing story of Ironman, who courageously carried the flag throughout the ride, and of his VeloViet teammates who would not let him give up, who took turns pushing him through the windy coast.
And on this year, there will be new synchronization with new teammates joining for the first time on this 120 mile ride. It is new camaraderie that will be shaped on this ride. Who will stand out from this crowd? Who will be strong and sacrifice for others? We will find out soon.