9/11 Remembrance

9/11 Memorial Creator: BrianEKushner | Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Congress has designated Sept. 11 as a day of observance known, officially, as Patriot Day, the date most Americans know as 9/11. It’s been 22 years since that fateful attack on New York and Washington, DC.

There are those arguing that it should be a National Holiday. While I think there should be conversation about the event and that the lives lost surround it should be honored, I struggle to see how another day off does this. The number of my peers that actually use Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day to honor our lost troops is small, while those losses are great.

That said, I would like to take a moment to express my sorrow for my fellow Americans lost that day. Not just those that were initially lost in the tragedy, but the hundreds of fire fighters, ambulance personnel and police officers that lost their lives rushing to help.

Bald Eagle Paying Respect…
Photographer, Frank Glick, at http://www.liketophoto.com

I would also like to thank all of the service men and women that have answered the call since this event. For the past two decades they have been fighting the evil around the world that would hope to do this again. By fighting them on foreign soil, they have served to protect their (our) homeland from these acts. May their efforts prevent this evil from reaching our shores again.

And finally, I would like to admonish those of our politicians that have forgotten this and would make us vulnerable again. 9/11 should never be a day of political speeches. That is absolutely the wrong message, here and abroad.

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