Friday, September 11, 2009
Remembering September 11
This is not by any means a political blog and if that doesn't interest you, you might want to not read this post.
I am deeply offended by what the present political party in power is trying to do to September 11, i.e. re-frame it by changing it into a community service day. September 11 was proclaimed Patriot Day and was signed into law in 2001 to "remember and honor those who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We will not forget the events of that terrible morning nor will we forget how Americans responded in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in the skies over Pennsylvania -- with heroism and selflessness; with compassion and courage; and with prayer and hope. We will always remember our collective obligation to ensure that justice is done, that freedom prevails, and that the principles upon which our Nation was founded endure." The memory of today has no business being reassigned to be a National Day of Service as the current president so decided this morning. We were not attacked on 9/11 because our enemies were disappointed in our community service contributions and I reject this notion. I have nothing wrong with declaring a day to encourage community service and volunteerism, just make it another day. This site here has a wonderful slideshow of the victims of 9/11 set to music.
I will leave you with these final words of President Bush, "...Those whom we lost ... September 11 will forever hold a cherished place in our hearts and in the history of our Nation. As we mark the first anniversary of that tragic day, we remember their sacrifice; and we commit ourselves to honoring their memory by pursuing peace and justice in the world and security at home."
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