Let’s take a moment today to remember every person that has fallen since that bright morning five years ago today. From those who lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United 93, to the first responders and the last responders, the latter of which are of course the men and women of our military.
God bless those who fight to defend our rights and our way of life. And, lets not forget the families of those who have been lost as well as the families who currently have loved ones in the service.
Don’t ever forget the way you felt that day. I know I won’t. Most of all, let’s remember to honor those that paid for our freedom with their lives and those whom today risk their lives so that people can be free.
This is something I wrote on the first anniversary:
FREEDOM ISN’T FREE
Horror, confusion, and anger gripped us as an act of hate changed a bright autumn morning into one of the worst days in our nation’s history. Hearts racing, we were shocked into attention as the nightmare unfolded before our eyes.
We made history in more than one way on September 11, 2001, from closing down all of U.S. air space to the way common citizens became extraordinary heroes. Our hearts swelled with pride as we saw not only our leaders, but also our neighbors, jump into action. How reassuring to know, that not even an atrocity of this proportion could defeat us.
History has shown us that freedom carries a high price. Our country was founded on the fight to be free. Yet the battles of days gone by are sometimes forgotten along with the heroes who gave life and limb to secure our freedom.
The aftermath of that fateful Tuesday served as a rude awakening, an unwelcome reminder of just how costly liberty is. The men and women of our military continue putting their lives at risk in the effort to ensure that the rights we enjoy are protected.
It is our responsibility to fight to the best of our ability here at home to insure that our rights remain forever sacred. If we fail our brothers and sisters who have given so much in order to preserve our freedom, their sacrifices will have been in vain.
As we mark the day the United States once again became united, let’s not only honor those who have paid with their blood, sweat, tears, and even their lives. Let’s also make them proud.
God bless America!