In my parents' generation, the question that was asked was "Where were you when you heard the news that President Kennedy was shot?  In my generation, it will be, "Where were you when you saw the twin towers fall?  A lot had changed between these two events, especially the technology that allowed us to watch it unfold in front of our eyes.  Yet in so many ways, the events were the same.

A nation sat helpless as people they held dear were senselessly and violently slaughtered.  There was no one and nothing that could bring comfort.  I specifically remember the feelings of gut wrenching sorrow and anger.  And then there were the questions.  Who did this?  Why?  Now what?

As a people we came together in those days following these tragedies, and we did put our country back together.  We heard the stories of heroism - those that died in a field in Pennsylvania with honor rather than being used as a weapon by Islamic terrorists to inflict further injury on their country.  The police, fire and rescue workers who rushed into the buildings facing certain death, and traded their lives for the few that they could get out.  They made us all proud to be Americans.

But the unity didn't last long.  Political correctness and division soon reared its ugly head.  The networks quit showing the footage of the planes flying into the buildings for fear of offending someone.

On this 14th anniversary of the worst day of our generation, let us never forget.  Let us never forget that there is evil in this world and that we cannot make it go away by simply ignoring it.  Let us never forget that we must be vigilant in securing the freedoms for our generation that have been bestowed upon us by the sacrifices of our forefathers.  Let us never forget that we are at our best when we are united, and at our worst when we are divided.  And let us never forget the men and women whose lives were taken away that day, and the cost of the loss to their husbands, wives, children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends, co-workers, etc. who will never see them again in this lifetime.

George Santayana said that "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it."  Yes, my friends, let us never forget where we were and how we felt on that day.
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