Should We Forget?
September 11, 2022, 12:44 PM

Today is Patriots Day


Should we forget?


    I was awakened early this morning by Molly, my 11 year old Yorkie wanting me to let her outside, to my disdain. No big deal, except that this was one of those mornings, the kind of mornings where everything was just perfect for sleeping. It was a cool overcast day and all the world seemed to be at rest. 

    As I waited for her to wrap up her extended outdoor excursion, the reality struck me that it was September 11th; Patriot’s Day. 

    As I always do on this day, I went to my news feed to read the usual tribute articles that would be written about the terrible tragedy that exposed our vulnerabilities, stripped away our innocency  and forever imprinted the images of smoke, burning buildings, scores of lives lost and heroes born out of average everyday people that selflessly gave their lives to save others. 

    With all of this in mind, I was shocked to find no references to 911 mentioned anywhere. In fact it took me several minutes of digging through Google searches to find any reference to 911 or Patriot’s Day. 

    Perhaps it shouldn’t bother me. Maybe I should chalk it up to the healing that has occurred with 911 having taken place 21 years in our past.  Indeed time does have a healing effect. Nonetheless I feel that we are doing our nation and our future generations a great disservice by failing to take time to remember or acknowledge What happened on Sept 11, 2001, in New York, city. 

   I remember. I remember it was a beautiful, clear morning with not a cloud in the sky. Everything seemed to be going fine, when suddenly a bulletin came on the TV screen that a plane had hit one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. At that time nobody knew it was a coordinated effort on the part of Terrorism and extremists sponsored by a despotic leader known as Osama Bin Ladin. 

   The events of that day lead then President George W. Bush to involve our nation in what became known as ‘The longest war’, lasting nearly 20 years. 

    With all of this in mind, we cannot afford to forget! When we  go through a great time of crisis, we must allow history to remind us and keep us with checks and balances of what we have learned. We must be reminded!  We must remain diligent!

    It is likewise important that we remember the blessings and deliverance of the mighty God we serve. We face opposition and threats daily if we choose to stand for Truth. We can choose to play the part of a chameleon and just blend in, or we can dare to stand up and speak out. We are at our best when we move forward by drawing on the lessons of our past!