“We’re going to find out who did this and we’re going after the bastards.” ~Sen. Orrin Hatch

By Dave Dolbee published on in News

“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.” ~David Levithan

September 11, 2001, one of America’s most tragic events shocked the free world. The 13th anniversary of 9/11 conjures more than sad memories. Remembering the terrorist attacks evokes feelings of depression as well as inspiration. The loss of life, the victims in the towers, Pentagon, plane passengers and rescue workers mark a sad day in our history. At the same time, this same group demonstrated the highest form of goodness inherent to the American spirit and our willingness to make the supreme sacrifice for the good of our fellow man.

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“This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world today. It is perpetrated by fanatics who are utterly indifferent to the sanctity of human life, and we the democracies of this world are going to have to come together and fight it together.” ~British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Today is the time to remember the victims as well as the heroes who prevented another tragedy by forcing the downing of Flight 93 to keep it from hitting another target. We remember the bravery of rescue workers and first responders as they rushed into the towers and those who remained with the knowledge that buildings had already collapsed. We remember the acts of selfless bravery by those escaping the flames and those who remained behind to attend to complete strangers whose only connection was working in an adjacent cube, office or floor of the building.

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” ~President George W. Bush

An all too often forgotten group on this day of remembering are the men and women inspired by the events of September 11, to answer the call and take the fight to the enemy both domestically and abroad. All who were alive, and many who have been born since the terror attacks of 9/11, remember the horrors of that fateful day—many more still feel those horrors—Lest We Forget…

“Commending the victims to almighty God’s mercy, I implore his strength upon all involved in rescue efforts and in caring for the survivors.” ~Pope John Paul II

What are your memories from September 11, 2001? How do you commemorate today? Tell us in the comment section.

SLRule

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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  • G-Man

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    We all had a hand in creating this government. Whether through action or inaction, we all must accept responsibility for its failures. But the evil which has been allowed to permeate through to misguide our elected leadership is an entirely different matter.

    So if in fact we have all been lied to by our own government, and the events of 9/11 truly were the result of a conspiratorial and coordinated effort pulled off in a concert of supreme secrecy, there can be no doubt we are dealing with architects and masterminds of such an evil that it goes well beyond anything a human could possibly endure or combat alone.

    Regardless of its source, we cannot deny that such evil does exist – as we have all witnessed with our own eyes to be believed.

    And to believe that such evil really exists and is upon us now, with all we understand about the balance of nature as discovered through science, humans must then concede there exists an equal yet opposite antidotal balance of goodness to combat and cancel out such evil in order that nature’s balance is maintained. Otherwise our world would truly perish… that is irrefutable science.

    So, whether such goodness only exists in the hearts of mankind, or imparted through one’s faith from a true divine guidance, one thing is for certain, when goodness flees evil fills its void and descends upon the Earth to prevail.

    It does not matter whether man created the goodness of God from his own mind or God really exists. What does matter is when goodness is cultivated, instilled and allowed to flourish, it fills empty voids once occupied by evil and keeps wickedness out.

    As mere mortals we are relegated to the simple limitations of our human minds and bodies; but when one is allowed to believe there must be more to us than this, and that perhaps each has an inner spirit which bonds them with a supreme being whom offers them goodness to build up righteous powers to seek out and combat such devastating evil… well that is when we are at our best and our greatest in goodness. That is when a balance between good and evil is restored and peace is once more.

    But when the same government we created now uses its own laws to suppress the goodness of God that was once used to found its very existence which propelled us to greatness; why then don’t people understand that in the absence of that same goodness only evil is left to fill the voids and thus our fall from greatness?

    The goodness that comes from the belief in God is the key. It is the true solution to any problem… it always has been and always will be. But instead, the people of our once great Nation have allowed God to be stricken and removed from the halls of our government and public institutions, yet He was the very thing that kept evil at bay.

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  • Joseph Barber

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    I hate to talk about this subject due to my true love of my Country, but on this Day of Remembrance & seeing the fact that no one will ever take the true blame. Why are we all so blinded to the facts that it was our own that caused the events on this day in 2001!! People are so afraid to look at the facts that are right in plain view, that we ignore them & place the blame on the ones that we were programed to believe did the acts. The terrorists were from Saudi Arabia but we excused that country from any involvement of the attacks! Why is that, I wonder? We went after Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, but never found any. Then it took 10yrs to supposedly kill Bin laden & no one ever saw the body. Again we, Americans are programmed to believe what our “Leaders” tell us! So I ask, is what happened on 9/11/2001 & all the loss of American lives on that day & since that day; really the true story or did our Government make it happen so they (certain of them) could profit hugely as they have been! I think, as Americans, we need to question our leaders & demand the truth for out Brothers & Sisters who lost their lives!!!

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  • Alan Sabrosky

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    My initial response to 9/11 was the same as the poster (and FYI, I served with the Marines in Vietnam). Several years later I learned enough to realize that the official story is a complete fabrication. Who talks about WTC7 – the third tower, which collapsed later that day in a perfect controlled demolition, straight down into its own footprint in 7 seconds? Who asks why these four hijacked planes flew off course and out of contact for an hour without a single NORAD fighter being launched? How many are aware that Flight 93 exploded in mid-air, given the absence of debris on the ground and what little is there is spread over 2 miles? We have been lied to, and lied to badly.

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