Remember September 11th, 2001

Tribute in Light, New York City

The "Tribute in Light," Ground Zero, New York, New York.

In many ways, it’s hard to imagine that today marks the 10th year since the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. Like many, I remember vividly where I was that morning.

Lindsay and I had breakfast together before going to work that day. I had left her apartment and headed across I-670, en route to my internship at the Ohio FFA Center. She called me and told me to turn on the news and we listened as the anchors described what was going on at the World Trade Center.

I arrived at the FFA Center to find the rest of the staff watching the events unfold on the television. Shortly after, the second tower fell.

The rest of the day seemed to fly by, my hours at the Center and then heading off to my second job at ABN Radio. TV’s were on all day at both offices, and the attacks were all we could manage to talk about.

Over the ensuing decade, our lives have changed in many subtle, and some not-so-subtle ways, of course. Airline travel will never be the same, for instance, though that is a minor thing in the big picture.

No shortage of ink has been spilled in the past few days recording various pieces and parts to the 9/11 story. For my part, I will simply say this:

We must never forget.

We must never forget the thousands who were murdered by a pack of wildly fanatical zealots hell-bent on driving Western society back into some perverted version of history.

We must never forget that we, in many ways, allowed the attacks to happen by not being more prepared, more vigilant, and more strident in condemning global acts of terror throughout the 1990′s. No small amount of reporting has uncovered the many misstakes and missteps our political leaders took in bringing terrorist masterminds like Osama bin Ladin to heel during the first Bush and Clinton administrations.

We must never forget that, despite the protestations of radical Islamic fundamentalists, ours is the greatest society in the history of mankind, with unprecedented freedoms, gifts and blessings, endowed and bestowed by our Creator.

And, we must never forget the men and women who risk their lives daily, at home and abroad, to keep it so.

I leave you with one of my favorite prayers; Sean Connery’s King Arthur offered these few words in the movie First Knight:

May God grant us the Wisdom to discover the Right, the Will to choose it and the Strength to make it endure. Amen.

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About Andy Vance

Grains and Biofuels Editor at Feedstuffs, the weekly newspaper for agribusiness, and resident blogger at BeefProducer.com. If the pen is truly mightier than the sword, I may be the most dangerous man I know...

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