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Remembering 911

By Gordon Nash

Where did this country go wrong?
Eight years after that awful day we find ourselves more divided than ever. In the only way I can, I want to bring back the memory of the “feeling of oneness” we had in the days immediately following that tragedy:

  • the feeling of pride we all had in being an American
  • attending my city’s spontaneous memorial service honoring all those who served in the armed forces, both past and present
  • the millions around the nation who donated blood because, for many, it was a concrete way to help their neighbor, and, for some it was the only way they felt they could help their country in a time of national need
  • the almost spiritual awareness of the brevity of life
  • the importance of telling those closest to you how much you love them and appreciate them

And, the awesome resolve to punish the persons responsible for the attacks. Back then, they were the “enemy,” not fellow Americans who happened to have a different political opinion than your own. Mike Lupica of the New York Daliy News put it this way:

We promised ourselves we were going to be a better city and a better country because of what happened. We told ourselves that we knew what really mattered now. In the aftermath of the worst day the city and the country had known, we promised to find the best in ourselves, and in each other.

Read more of Mike Lupica’s article.

Voices of Division Were Absent
Rush Limbaugh’s voice was strangely absent during those days. Now we know he was dealing with his sudden hearing loss. There was no Glenn Beck to rant and rave and blame the Democrats for what had just happened. Some would argue that it was providence that they were absent from the national stage. Nobody can say for sure.

But, wouldn’t it be great if we could get back to those days right after 911 and remember who the real enemy is?

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