Thursday, September 11, 2014

Another Painful Anniversary

Today, September 11, 2014, marks yet another painful anniversary of that date thirteen years ago when our world was shattered by the events that occurred in New York City, Washington, D.C. and in a remote field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania as terrorists hijacked airplanes with the intent of destroying our way of life.  In some ways they may have succeeded.

I've written about it each year.  You can read what I wrote last year HERE.  That post included links to previous entries, so I encourage you to follow them and see what I've written in the past.

Based on recent events - the beheading of two MORE American journalists, the rise of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) and the ongoing turmoil between Russia and Ukraine - we are aware that our world is far from a place of peace and tranquility.

Those of us who watched on September 11, 2001 as the airliners crashed into the World Trade Center Towers, which subsequently imploded and virtually vaporized so many Americans and others, and saw the aftermath of the crash of another airliner into the Pentagon and the giant hole in that field outside Shanksville, PA where brave Americans tried unsuccessfully to take back their hijacked plane from the terrorists, will NEVER forget that time.

Just as the events of December 7, 1941, when Japan launched a cowardly sneak attack on our base at Pearl Harbor, were burned in the brain of my parents generation, the events of 9/11/01 will remain with me and most other Americans over the age of 12 at the time.

I hope you will take a few minutes sometime today to pause to recall those events, the lives lost - like young Christine Hansen, the youngest person to die in those events that day -  that date and how our world was permanently changed from that point foward.  Today, more than at any time since that date, we must be vigilant and our elected leaders MUST step up to their responsibilities to keep our country and its citizens safe from the cowardly terrorists who wish to subject us to their form of government.

This video is among the hundreds created over the years, but I think it captures the essence of that terrible day.


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Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

Thank you, Geoff, for this post. After 13 years, it's still overwhelmingly shocking and sad.

9/11/2014 05:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

Awesome video and perfect song. I've been thinking about the tragedy all day, tears welling over at times. Somewhere I heard "In the midst of tragedy, there was glory", and there was: The firefighters who selflessly ran to the rescue, some to their death, the amazing patriots who diverted that plane and sacrificed their own lives, the core unity we all share as Americans that surfaced strong and clear to the whole world in response to that hellacious attack. We are the "land of the free, the home of the brave" and today I am proud and thankful to be an American. I remember with sorrow those who lost their lives and loved ones, and am thankful to the many who showed themselves heroes that day.

9/11/2014 11:48:00 PM  

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