God Bless America and the Victoms both Alive and Dead!
May that man Burn in Pig Fat for all time!!!
I personally believe that 9/11 should be viewed as a sacred day…a day that was filled with both tragedy and heroics. I would love to see it become a National Holiday, a day that we honor those who lost their lives. Unfortunately on the 9th anniversary what we saw for some was a day of tragedy and hope turned into just another day of politics.
I personally believe that this day should not be a day of politics, political rally’s, and protest. Instead it should be a day that we stand back and remember those lives lost and the way we felt that day.
Nine years ago we all became a one. We shed tears, quivered in fear, hoped and prayed to our God for the lives lost and for protection for the survivors and the families of the victims. The days that followed we watched as men and women marched into the Gates of Hell searching for any sign of someone who survived. We cheered the miracles of the few survivors and cried when non others were found.
On that day and the day after we became Americans first, second and third. We did not worry about the person next to us being a Republican or Democrat. We did not care if our neighbors were black or white, gay or straight because we were all the same, we were Untied Americans. All faiths came together from the tragedy; Jews, Buddhist, Christians, Muslims, Hindus and others put aside their difference in belief long enough to celebrate the similarities in all of us.
On 9/11 as we set back in stunned horror the world too watched. Some openly wept with us while others cheered, but what the world would watch next was one of the greatest moments in American History. We stood shoulder to shoulder and helped our fellow-man. They watched as army’s of police, firemen, EMT’s and construction workers from around the nation marched into Ground Zero to try to save our fellow Americans and they watched as we wept for those who were lost. The world saw a nation that was broken-hearted, but resilient. They watched as all Americans came together to act as one for the betterment of those who suffered.
Slowly over time the world also watched this period of new-found brotherhood and friendship wane, and be replaced with extremely bitter political divides.
What I would like to see happens, is for the world one day out of every year, on 9/11, to sit back and watch as Americans come together and become one People again. We can show the world the strength of the American heart or our underbelly. I believe if the world can see us set aside our fights for a 24 hour period every year to embrace our brothers and sisters the world will see a nation that can never be torn apart by outsiders and they will see our true strength.
In those awful days after 9/11 we came to temporally understand the meanings of President Kennedy’s words:
“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”
And for us in this Great Nation…We are All Americans!
(I wrote this last year for the anniversary of 9/11 it was true then and its true today)
An Open Letter to the Nation
On this date September 11, 2010, 9 years after the worst terrorist attack in US history I wish to stop and honor the memories of the people whose lives were lost and to keep in my heart and mind the family and friends who are the true victims of this great tragedy. I remember standing in front of a big screen tv watching the second plane crash into the second tower and watching the buildings collapse. I remember seeing the hole in the side of the Pentagon and praying for the victims and for our Nation. I had great fear in my heart that many more lives were going to be lost that day and not just in New York and Washington DC but all over our Nation. I remembered asking, why God why was this happening to us? What did we do to deserve such a horrific attack?
And I remember a promise that the nation made to the victims and to the terrorist that attacked us. We will never forget!
Well its 9 years later and people are forgetting and going about their lives as if nothing special really happened that day. And this saddens me to my core because out of the attacks on September 11th came a new spirit. The Nation had stood together and watched in horror, fear, anger, confusion and sadness as we were brutally attacked by an enemy we didn’t really know and could never really understand their motives. But out of these emotions new emotions began to rise up; a sense of pride, love, hope and patriotism arose in this great Nation. People were proud to be an American and we stood hand in hand not as Democrats or Republicans, not as Liberals or Conservatives but as Americans, as New Yorkers and citizens of Washington DC.
I watched the tragedy unfold day after day and I watched as people from all over this great Nation poured into New York not to go shopping or to site see but to aid in the rescue and recovery. If they weren’t rescue workers they were ordinary Americans who were there to share their strength, love and hope with the rescue workers to encourage them on in their impossible task. This Nation opened up its hearts to the victims and gave without hesitation food, clothes and money to try and give them whatever aid and comfort we could to help them out. We became what we should always be; one Nation under God and Indivisible. We became America.
And so I ask what happened to us in the past 9 years? Have our political disagreements become so bad that we cannot remember that spirit of unity even for one day?
So I ask can’t we take one day out of each year and unite not just to remember those who were lost to us but to celebrate their memories. Their loss caused our Nation to become as one and this is something to celebrate. So here is my challenge to the Nation. Every September 11 should be more then just a day of remembrance but also a day where we set our petty arguments and disagreements aside for 24 hours and we once again become a Nation Unified in the memories of that day not to relive the horror but to rejoice in the love that came out of it. We are all Americans and September 11 should be the day that reminds us of that fact.
So in closing I must ask God with all my heart to be with the family and friends of those whose lives were taken or given willingly to save others and to be with our soldiers and their families who are fighting for our Nation give them strength to carry on and to help them with all that they do. And one more thing God please never let this Nation forget!
May God Bless the United States!!!
It started with one man in Gainesville, Florida and now the horrible idea to burn a Quran has began to spread. Preachers in Tennessee and Kansas now to say they will burn a Quran on 9/11. This is a disgusting act by people who should know better. Preachers should be seeking a world of peace and demonstrating their love of God not through an act that is designed to provoke but through an act of love.
These men should be gathering other leaders from multiple faiths to denounce the Islamic extremist, rather than giving the image of being extremist themselves. In this nation we are a land of tolerance, tolerance doesn’t mean we must condone what others do but we don’t have to act like the people that we disagree with. The Bible teaches us to hate the sin and love the sinner, in this case we should not be trying to provoke the peaceful elements of Islam but should be embracing them to denounce those who use Islam for violence.
The people have the right to burn the Quran…but that does not mean that they should do it. Part of being a free people is the self exercise of restraint. Just because the government of Saudi Arabia has official policy to burn Bibles and destroy holy Christian objects doesn’t mean we should act the same way.
These preachers have decided to make a stand against Islam…thats fine but their actions could cause great damage to our nation, to our citizens and to our military.
The other part of this story should be clear…true leaders in the Islamic faith should being sending messages to the “Muslim World”. And that message is, “If these Quran burnings take place we will have an oppertunity to show the world that we are a people of peace, demonstrate and march but do not give into acts of violence.” Unfortunately almost no one will, especially almost no religious leaders in the “Muslim World”.
If the Quran is burned, this will be an oppertunity for the Muslim World to show that they are a people of peace.
Finally what I find to be the most disgusting part of all this is that these Preachers would dishonor the memories of the victims of 9/11 by using a tool of hate.