Today is a day of scattered emotions and healing hearts. The September 11 attacks stand out as a dark bookmark in our history. Over the last 11 years, writers, bloggers, artists, journalists, celebrities, and political leaders used their outlets to express the emotions many of us share in our collective journey to rise up from the discord and shock of that terrible day. The 9/11 attacks were only the first of many days of conflict. For some, the continuing war on terror seems like a distant problem, relegated to the back page of your local newspaper. We calmly read about the suicide bombings, roadside explosives, and small arms attacks on U.S. troops, coalition forces, and civilians. It happens with such regularity, that many people find themselves desensitized by the steady onslaught of violent news. This tends to muster a kind of apathetic attitude toward our military and its troops. Public sentiments of apathy can spread like a disease, and this careless behavior is toxic to our boys returning home.
Take an extra moment this week and thank a soldier, firefighter, police officer, or anyone else who dedicates their life to keeping us safe. You don’t have to agree with every policy or decision our government makes to thank someone for doing everything they can to serve the rest of us. Have you ever met a rich firefighter? Trust me, they aren’t charging up burning buildings while carrying 60 pounds of gear for the money. Most people who join the military don’t do it for the educational benefits. They do it because it is something they believe in, and at the end of the day, they realize that what they do matters.
Use today and look back with reverence for those we lost. It is not a political day, or a day to further any agenda. This is simply a day to remember.
“”Eventually September the 11th will be a date on the calendar, it’ll be like Pearl Harbor day. For those of us who lived through it, it’ll be a day that we’ll never forget.” —President George W. Bush