Today is the 18th anniversary of 9/11, this century’s “day of infamy” for America, when 2,977 innocent people were senselessly murdered by 19 terrorists in New York City, Washington, D.C., and a lonely field in Pennsylvania. The tragedy did not end there. Many first responders and volunteers have perished from 9/11 related illnesses. Many more are still suffering. The number of U. S. military lives lost in the Global War on Terror is hard to pin down, but it’s nearly 9,000. Additional thousands have been scarred either physically or internally.
Unlike World War II, most Americans have not sacrificed much since 9/11. There is no rationing of gasoline and other materials needed for the war effort. The government is not pushing the sale of bonds to fund the war. Only a very small percentage of Americans have a close family member that has or is serving in the military. After nearly two decades at war, some have forgotten or were not even born to experience the fear felt on 9/11.
Do not let the memory die. Please take a moment today to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Too many families have received folded flags to allow their sacrifices to be forgotten.Please be thankful for current first responders and military personnel for their service.It is not a cliché to say that when everyone else is running away from danger, they are running towards it.
Americans are lucky to enjoy the freedoms provided by our nation, but those freedoms come with a price, a price borne by those few who stand to defend everyone’s freedom. Remember.