This event is indelibly printed on my mind and I shall never forget where I was, what I was doing, and the thoughts that came to my mind as the events of 9-11 unfolded on that September morning. I was home in bed sick and as my wife was preparing to go to work the television was on and the scenes of the first tower were being shown and discussed. My heart was troubled as I watched the scenes and wondered how such an accident, as the commentators were suggesting, could have happened.
After a few minutes, I saw the second plane and its impact on tower two and I knew instantly this was no accident and the first thought that came to mind was “This is War!” Everything in me tensed up and I wondered who was conducting the attack but had no doubt this was an act of terrorism and war. I could not have imagined and I seriously doubt the terrorist knew or even expected the towers to virtually implode and come crumbling to the ground, but they did. I lay in bed lamenting that I was beyond the years the military would accept me, for if we were going to war my patriotic spirit wanted to offer any assistance I could. I sensed a spirit of anger well up inside and then a spirit of weeping as I wept for the victims, the families, and our nation. The horror of that day is a sight that will never leave my mind and it is as vivid today as it was 15 years ago. I WILL NEVER FORGET!
Who do I blame for 9-11? EVIL… It was carried out by Islamic jihadist but it was birthed in the pit of hell and this was another of a long list of actions designed to bring fear to the hearts of people as evil was and is seeking to control our lives. We have not been given a spirit of fear but of soundness of mind and we are more than conquerors through Him that loved and loves us. Subsequent to 9-11 and many other terrorist activities throughout the world including the innumerable beheadings, rape, and pillage being conducted by the jihadist, we continue to hear that Islam is a Religion of Peace and we are attacked when we question that statement. The current president seeks to make America, Christians, and the West the problem while giving a pass to the Islamic Terrorist carrying out or seeking to carry out their caliphate and jihad. If you are angry at what transpired I encourage you to direct your anger at EVIL and understand that there can be no co-existence with the forces of hell that seek to ‘kill and destroy’ for EVIL will never observe a ‘non-aggression pact’ although its proponents might sign one.
MY REMEMBRANCE TODAY is not the perpetrators, although who they were cannot be forgotten. MY REMEMBRANCE focuses on the FALLEN and the FAMILIES of the victims and the first responders as well as the many men and women who have and are serving in our armed forces defending America and Freedom. I salute the firefighters, policemen, medical personnel, military personnel and all others who have and are working to provide care and aid in times of difficulty and tragedy. I believe what we saw in the aftermath of 9-11 was and is the TRUE AMERICAN SPIRIT not what politicians tell us but what took place in reality. We saw people unite for a common cause with no thought or concern for a political party or the advancement of a particular political agenda. We caught a glimpse of the America of World War II when no sacrifice was too great for the cause of Liberty and Freedom. THAT IS AMERICA!
So, as we REMEMBER 9-11 I stand and salute the fallen, the families, and those still being affected by this tragedy. I kneel and pray for my nation and her people. I reaffirm my commitment to the cause of Freedom and Liberty and declare once again that I stand firmly for FAITH, FAMILY, and FREEDOM!
God bless you and God bless America!