In December, 2001, Congress passed a joint resolution designating September 11th as Patriot Day. This morning, President Trump continued that tradition with a Presidential Proclamation declaring Tuesday to be Patriot Day 2018. His statement says the day is “to honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on September 11, 2001, and of every hero who has given their life since that day to protect our safety & our freedom.”
He especially stressed the national unity following that terrible day and how “our love of country was made manifest through the examples of Americans engaging in countless acts of courage, grit, and selflessness. Their actions gave us hope and helped to sustain us in the days of healing that followed.”
Let’s pray that all Americans will again wake up to the importance of national unity and stop trying to divide us for political advantage. We’ll soon find out: President Trump’s proclamation breaks with the previous Administration by referring to the 9/11 attackers as “radical Islamist terrorists.” How many people in positions of influence will focus on the call to recapture our sense of national unity, and how many will attack the President for political incorrectness for daring to call the attackers what they actually were?
The threat that gave rise to 9/11 has never gone away. If we hope to prevent future 9/11s, the most basic step is to be honest with ourselves about who the enemy is and what motivates them.
As part of the 2016 observance of 9/11, the New York Fire Department shared a photo online depicting what nobody at the time realized was the last sunset the Twin Towers would ever see. It’s a must-see photo, but brace yourself for the surge of emotion that’s going to hit you when you see it.
Spotlight on the Heroines of 9/11
In remembering the heroes of 9/11, let’s shine a spotlight on some unsung heroines: the flight attendants of the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston. They spent the last moments of their lives calling the crew on the ground to describe what was going on and who was behind it. That information helped authorities understand what was happening and the heroic passengers on Flight 93 know that cooperating with the hijackers would not save them but acting against them might save countless others. Read more about these less heralded but very important heroines of 9/11 at the link.