, Port Arthur, Texas


September 11, 2012

9-11: Remembering fallen heroes, the attack on freedom

It’s usually those anniversaries that end in zero, such as the 10th or 20th, or sometimes, five, such as 25th, that get the special recognition. This, the 11th anniversary of the terror attack on America on Sept. 11, 2001, is not being observed with the great public outpouring of last year’s 10th anniversary. But that does not mean we have forgotten.

Americans are busy this year going about the business the terrorists abhorred, determining for ourselves who will lead this nation for the next four years, rebuilding our economy based on opportunity and growing a society based on tolerance. At the same time, we remain steadfast in protecting our freedoms. Despite being in the longest war in the history of this nation, we remain committed with 85,000 of our volunteer warriors standing strong against the Talaban in Afghanistan, accomplices of the Al Qaeda terrorists who have been decimated since their sneak attack that took the lives of approximately 9,000 Americans who were going about their everyday business on that day 11 years ago.

There may be fewer somber prayer circles this year, fewer flags flying in front lawns, but the memory of the attack on our center of commerce in New York, on the headquarters of our military in Washington, D.C., remembering that a group of ordinary American on a hijacked jetliner over Pennsylvania put the fate of their country above their own lives with the words “Let’s roll” has written 9-11 into the American story like Valley Forge and Pearl Harbor.

When Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Port Arthur Chapter learned there would be no gathering at the flagpole on this 11th anniversary to remember 9-11, their members wanted a way to say they remember and salute the 9-11 first responders and fallen heroes. We join them in their salute and they are part of the reason we are confident that though this anniversary of 9-11 may not have all the fanfare, we the people have not forgotten and we will never forget that our freedoms are precious and will be ours for only as long as we are willing to protect them.

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