The first thing I saw this this morning when I opened the blinds, was our flag flying at half-staff at the DPS office across the street. 9/11!!
I immediately broke out in chill bumps
The magnitude of that attack was unbelievable; so was the fact that it was happening as I sat glued to the TV screen.
|on piles of rubble|
|now a peaceful memorial|
Until that day heroism was just a word—September 11 was filled with it: firefighters, police, medical personnel, and volunteers, all risking their lives to save the victims. Hundreds of others worked ‘til they dropped in support services.
Then there was a fourth plane—Flight 93. Its passengers did not sit placidly waiting for death. They chose to fight. They lost their lives, but succeeded indiverting the terrorists from their goal, and left us with young Todd Beamer’s rallying call: “Let’s roll.”
Those words, in modern slang, reflect our nation'sattitude
throughout it's history. Today memorials were held for those who lost their lives and to those who saved
many others. It should also be a day to remember that we were slack in our diligence, waning signs were ignored, and we were not prepared. An old saying comes to mind:
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."