Remembering September 11

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September 12, 2019

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, our nation awoke to the shocking news that we were under savage attack by Islamic jihadists who, before the day was over, would kill nearly 3,000 people in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. The attack was aimed at America, but because it focused on the World Trade Center, the victims were from many nations. But as much as that day displayed the cowardice and animalistic behavior of the terrorists, it also showcased the heroism and selflessness of so many Americans, from the NYPD cops and firefighters rushing toward danger to save others to people in cities across America standing in line for blocks to donate blood. Petty differences like race or politics were swept aside as we all came together like family, because our nation was under attack. 

Those of us who lived through it can scarcely believe it was 18 years ago, as the painful memories are forever seared into our minds.  But we now have colleges filled with students who have no personal memories of 9/11.  Thanks to the passage of time and a media that quickly buried the images lest they be too “disturbing,” young people have little understanding of what was felt by all Americans in the wake of that horrendous attack.

(Here are some of those 9/11 images that need to be seen and thought about a lot more often:

Young Americans’ naiveté makes them easy prey for those who seek to rewrite history so they can divide and conquer.  They lull our youth into blaming the USA for every sin, letting their guards down, and being misled into handing over their hard-fought, God-given rights to those who couldn’t defeat us by force so are now working to defeat us from within. 

If you have kids, I suggest a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York, which today is observing ceremonies commemorating the 18th anniversary:

Make sure your children are taught the truth about 9/11. It was one of America’s worst days, yet in the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and on United Flight 93, we also saw Americans at their best, heroically laying down their lives for others, whether they were climbing up into the doomed Towers to search for survivors or standing up against the hijackers, saying, “Let’s roll!,” knowing it meant their own plane would crash but they would save countless lives. 

As we reflect on and remember 9/11, let’s not dwell on the murderous monsters who don’t deserve to have their names remembered. Let’s focus on honoring the victims and the many true heroes, both on that awful day, and in the days and even years afterward.  Let’s teach our children the truth about 9/11 and about America. And let’s never let our guard down again.   

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