Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Lest we forget

I know I will never, ever, forget what took place in America 6 years ago today. It seems like forever now.

What can I say that hasn't already been said about September 11th?

I feel I can't even attempt to understand what the surviving families of this horrible terrorist attack have felt all these years, but especially on "that" day.

The dread, the fear, the overwhemling heartache. Because you see it wasn't just "their" loved one that perished or was missing or was injured.
That day we ALL lost many.
That day....we were ALL related.

I bought a new flag to hang yesterday....I just had to, our other one was scraggly and this is an important day. I have to make a statement to my children who were 6 years younger that day. Ariel was only 9 at the time and she might not remember it as well as I would like her to.

It's our responsibility as parents, as citizens, as compassionate people, to not ever forget those that died martyrs deaths that day and that DOES NOT include the terrorists because in the great book of Life they will recieve no "maryters crown" for what they did.

They did what they did out of pure hate, misconception and DECEPTION on their parts.

That is what I do not want to carry on......hate, misconception and deception.

We have to forgive, but we can grieve and we can remember....we press onward but we never forget.

I came across this little newspiece and I am going to print it here. I think it is fitting in light of this day and where we are in history at this point in time.

"During a presentation to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in January, 2003.
A question was posed to Secretary of State Colin Powell by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey.

He asked Powell whether the U.S. was relying too much on "hard power" such as military action as opposed to "soft power" such as appealing to the common values of the major religions and building trust based on those values.

Powell responded by affirming the "soft power" of values but that it was the "hard power" of the military that, for example, helped free Europe and so the "soft power" of peace and reconstruction could take place.

Powell then said, "We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we’ve done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have returned home to seek our own, you know, to seek our own lives in peace, to live our own lives in peace. But there comes a time when soft power or talking with evil will not work where, unfortunately, hard power is the only thing that works."

Thank GOD for solid leadership on all levels.
No matter what your opinion is....we can thank GOD we are living in the United States of America.

Don't loose sight of what this day 6 years ago etched into American history for all of eternity.
It was nothing short of this.......

Some gave all, all gave some, NONE will be forgotten.

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