9/11 and The Enduring Strength of the American People
On September 11, 2001 when terrorists unleashed unspeakable horrors on The United States, they inspired fear and uncertainty in the hearts of Americans. But they were blind to the resolve, the courage, and the patriotism of the American people. They inspired a million acts of kindness and compassion that day, and every day since. They sparked a sense of pride in the American way of life that I had heard about but never witnessed growing up in New York City. And when the ash settled and the acrid smoke dissipated, brave Americans stood ready to serve their country with grand shows of strength and quiet acts of patriotism.
Today, seven years after I watched fighter jets take ownership of serene blue skies, I pay tribute not only to those we lost and those who risked their lives, but to every American who has contributed to the war on terror since. We owe you our lives and our freedom.
To those who risk accusations of prejudice to report suspicious activity, your have our heartfelt thanks. To the innocent Middle Eastern immigrants who believed in America enough to submit to interviews and surveillance, you have our deepest gratitude. And to our troops throughout the world, you are in our hearts every day, and your courage and love of country will not be forgotten.
Other notable remembrances from the blogosphere:
Why I’ll Never Forget 9/11 – Rob Taylor @ Red Alerts
9/11/2008: Remembering James Joe Ferguson, Always – GayPatriot
Remembering 9-11 – Cassy Fiano
Bush 7, Terrorists 0 – Ann Coulter
9-11 – Never Forget – Dr. Sanity
9/11 Tribute – Heartache Still Lingers – 7.62mm Justice
Where Were You This Day? – American Princess
9/11, Again – Ace of Spades
Seven Years Gone By – Jumping Without a Chute