Patriot Day 2008

September 11, 2008

Immediately I thought of my husband. A police officer. We lived more than 1,500 miles away but nobody seemed to know exactly was happening.


“We’re hearing reports of possible terrorism,” the DJ on my car radio blurted.


Terrorism was not a word in my daily vocabulary on Sept. 10. Seven years later, it is a permanent part of my lexicon.


This year is the seventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. That day in our history changed us all, and the world around us. It is a day we must never forget full of moments we must never forget.

Stop for a moment. I know it’s painful, but recall to your mind’s eye the pictures of planes – jets – flying into those towers. See the burning Pentagon. Think about the hole left in the ground from the crash of United Flight 93. If you’re like me, tears come instantly even after all this time.

We now call September 11 “Patriot Day.” We can and should always be proud of our country, but especially on September 11, let us stand proudly as Americans. Shoulder to shoulder, from coast to coast, border to border. We live in a land defined by freedom and courage that does not crumble when attacked.


We stand tall and we fight back. We fight back to be certain our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren never know less than freedom and blessing in their lives.


Still today tens of thousands of brave men and women in uniform fight in the War on Terror for our safety here at home—they are our family members, our co-workers, our neighbors. Hold them in your prayers and thank them any chance you get for the rights and privileges they protect for each one of us.

Let us all be peaceful on this day, at least on this day. We are alive with our families while thousands of others are missing a loved one. They look at pictures taken since 2001 and see a hole where mom or dad or brother or sister used to be. They will never forget this day and neither should the rest of us.


Hang your American flag. Wear red, white and blue. Don a flag pin. Promote your patriotism with pride and celebrate the memory of all those we lost that blue-skied, sunny September morning…spoiled so abruptly by black smoke and thick white dust. Be silent for a moment at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, when the first attack occurred. And always remember.



  1. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Keep up the good work.

  2. And how many dead Iraqi and Afghan woman and children from US military?

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