9/11 Nine Years Later – Never Forget

Nine years ago today, in the span of two hours,  our nation was irrevocably changed.  Families were shattered; children rendered fatherless or motherless in a split second.  Friends were lost.  Police and firefighters ran into buildings as others ran out.  A group of modern day warriors in the sky fought back and saved countless lives on the ground.  Our great country was badly wounded, but we were not broken.  The best of America was on display in the days, weeks and months following that day.

Nine years later, we are in the midst of political and idealogical battles one would not have thought imaginable in those days of unity.  Imagine if someone had told you that the next administration would try the 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, in a civilian court in lower Manhattan?  How about a mosque at Ground Zero supported by same said administration?  You would have been indignant.  Welcome to 9/11/1o.  Welcome to our new reality where, for so many, this year feels more raw; as though a scab has been ripped off and the unhealed wound has been left exposed anew. 

I, for one, will not be lectured by my government or members of the media about tolerance.  My resolve is only strengtehned by their preaching.  My commitment to never forget is renewed. 

9/11 Eight Years Later – Never Forget

It is hard to believe that it has been eight years since that brilliant Tuesday morning where, in the span of two hours,  our nation was irrevocably changed.  Families were shattered; children rendered fatherless or motherless in a split second.  Friends were lost.  Police and firefighters ran into buildings as others ran out.  A group of modern day warriors in the sky911 flag fought back and saved countless lives on the ground.  Our great country was badly wounded, but we were not broken.  The best of America was on display in the days, weeks and months following that day.

Many have fallen back into a 9/10 mentality as time  separates us from the attacks.  Make no mistake – it is no coincidence that we have not been attacked in the last eight years.  I will be forever grateful to President Bush and his administration for recognizing that we face evil, depraved enemies who are willing to die for their twisted cause and that this kind of enemy needs to be hunted down and captured or killed before another single American life is lost.  Many wring their hands over “enhanced interrogation techniques” that garnered information about future attacks.  The same group has the naive belief that sitting down with our mortal enemies will persuade them to cast aside their murderous intentions.  We dishonor the memories of those who perished on that day if we do not remain vigilant in our commitment to fight terrorists in any corner of the world and to use all necessary means to prevent another attack.

Never forget.