Just about all of us have our stories of that day, watching the events unfold on television or hearing snippets while at work. The atmosphere was hectic and confusing for the average American, and a thousand times more so for residents of New York City or those with loved ones who they knew worked in the landmark buildings of New York or D.C. We were shocked, confused, angry, uncertain.
Since then the nation has “moved on.” America has dealt with economic instability, a lingering recession, a new government promising “change” and bringing only intrusion. Indeed, with time we have forgotten about the fighting spirit that day gave us. It is natural with time that we move on to other battles, those concerning personal finances, high unemployment, massive government spending, a weak dollar, intrusive government mandates. Meanwhile we let the fight for the freedoms threatened on 9-11 fall to our troops overseas, and our government agents hunting threats domestically.
On this day, nine years later, we do need to remember the trials America has seen, and thank those who have fought for us since then, while our minds have wandered to the other concerns of life. Reflect also on the leadership of our President, George W. Bush on that day and the words he spoke to us that evening:
Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge — huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong.
A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil — the very worst of human nature — and we responded with the best of America. With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.