Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Day Of Remembrance...



"The United States loves life. We love death.
That is the difference between us."
-Osama bin Laden



PATRIOT DAY, 2009
Today, S
eptember 11, 2009, marks the 8th anniversary of the attack on the United States - 9/11/01. This day, Patriot Day, was designated by then-President George W. Bush as a day of remembrance for our country. This is a day when we should reflect on the events that occurred on that date nearly a decade ago - the events that launched our country officially into the War on Terror. It is a day when we can, once again, remember nearly the 3,000 people killed in the cowardly attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C. and in the sprawling fields near Shanksville, PA. CNN maintains a web site with the names and photos of those lost souls. The link to that site is over on the right side of this page. Visit it to put faces on this tragedy.

REVISIT MY PREVIOUS POSTS
I've written about those events on that date several times. You can read some of those entries below by clickin
g on the title:

9/11/01 Remembered - 9/4/05

Putting 9/11/01 in Perspective - 9/10/07

Observing Patriot Day - 9/10/08


STRIDENT VOICES DEMANDING US TO QUIT

Today it is not unusual to hear strident voices beseechi
ng our leaders to extract us from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan - to walk away from those countries before the job is finished. Some of those voices come from our elected leaders themselves. In my view, that is a huge mistake.

NO MORE DEATHS OR INJURIES, BUT...

I don't want to see another young American killed in
foreign lands. I don't want to see any more limbs blown off by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). None of us do. However, the Middle East is full of people ready, willing and able to attack our country again if given the chance. We need to cut the head off that snake, just as they did to American Nick Berg. We need to find Osama bin Laden and either bring him to justice or martyr him... my preference is the latter.

TAKE SOME TIME TO REFLECT

Please take a few minutes to re-visit my previous comments on this subject and take some time to view the video clips below. Some of the images will be redundant, but they will help you recall the tragedy that befell our country on September 11, 2001 and strengthen your resolve to encourage our leaders to stay the course and finish the job. Don't make the sacrifice of so many young American lives be for nothing. A
word of caution - some of the images will be VERY intense.

A 911 TRIBUTE

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN?

I JUST CAME BACK FROM THE WAR



NEVER FORGIVE AND NEVER FORGET

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Mike Brumbaugh said...

God bless America, the heros, and those who lost their lives.
I lived in MA at that time and remember the day as if it were now.

The plus: Our country united, and flags flew everywhere.
The negative: Fewer flags are flown and to some the memory is not as vivid anymore.

Never Forget!

9/11/2009 06:42:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Thanks, Mike... well said.

9/11/2009 09:11:00 AM  
Blogger Flo Martin said...

One of my students at the time brought a CD of videoclips to our classroom within days of September 11, 2001, with montage of on-the-spot reporting and Enya's ONLY TIME as background music. We watched the video over and over and over in every class for at least a week.

I drove to Huntington Beach to buy a t-shirt from the downtown fire department that honored our firefighters.

I gave blood at the local Red Cross collection center.

We need to continue remembering and giving back.

9/11/2009 01:28:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Flo, that very moving video is one of dozens on YouTube commemorating 9/11/01. I, too, am very moved by it, but chose these this time for a little different take on this issue. Thanks for your comment...

9/11/2009 01:39:00 PM  

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