9/11 must be remembered! 15 years ago today our country was attacked. Thousands of innocent lives were tragically lost. Murdered by radicals because our religion is different than theirs.
Did you remember it is September 11th?
Some people did.
Others did not.
I’ll admit I remembered yesterday, but I’m embarrassed to say I almost forgot today.
Until I saw this –
I pulled over to take this photo and the Assistant Fire Chief, Shawn Bittle, stepped out as I was over-come with emotion.
Flooded with the memory of watching the second plane hit the building, the realization that we were under attack, the firemen and women that perished as they rushed to save all those innocent people.
And I couldn’t speak.
When I finally could, I thanked Officer Bittle for his service. We talked about how our country must never forget. How the politicians want us to. They want us to become complacent.
But We Cannot!
Complacency allows us to put blinders on and completely miss the truth of what is happening all around us.
So let me ask you –
Do you choose to remember?
Or is it easier to forget?
Did you choose to forget?
If you need a reminder, click here for the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Driving back through town I noticed something that offended me.
A lack of flags.
I normally don’t discuss things like this here, but today, I feel I must. We must take a stand for our country. We must take a stand and say, stand up for this flag. No matter what your personal opinion is, we live in America!
The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
And this is our flag! Respect it!
Honor the men and women that have fought and died so you have the right to be offended by it!
If you can’t do that, then I challenge you to find somewhere else to live.
As for me, I will continue to stand, and cry, at the National Anthem!
I will continue to stand up with my hand over my heart during that song. I will teach my Granddaughter to honor that flag, and to never let it touch the ground. I will tell her about the men that died almost 250 years ago and whose bodies piled up to keep that flag upright and tell the British we will not fall! We will be free! And that’s what the song was written about. Not about you, or me. But about freedom.
Freedom for you and I! And even for a football player to sit and show disrespect.
That’s the very thing that flag represents!
Honor The Flag
This flag has flown over soldiers that have fought for our freedom for almost 250 years.
In my family this flag flew over my Great, Great, Great Grandfather as he fought for our freedom from the British. It flew over my Great, Great Grandfather as he fought to free slaves. It flew over my Dad in WWII as he fought for world wide freedom. Over my nephew in Desert Storm as he fought for freedom from a tyrant who was killing his own people. And now, it flies over my Great nephew as he prepares to answer that same call.
I inherited a love of that flag. And the respect that goes with it.
I turned around and drove back through town looking for businesses that were showing their memory of 9/11 by having a flag flying.
I found this –
This is Matt Warner and his truck. His twin brother, Casey, is a veteran. I took this picture, and soon after chased Matt down as he drove home. I thanked him for doing this. He said, “I’m not a veteran, but we can’t forget. We have to show our respect on this day. I couldn’t not do this.” Matt and Casey also have a flag pole at their home and he said the flag is flying at half staff. I asked if I could follow him and take a photo of it. Here’s his response:
You may not agree, but I want to support businesses that honored the memory of 9/11 and proudly fly the American flag. Here are some of the businesses in Cortez, CO that did.
Has Our History Been Perfect?
No! Of course not.
Have we done things wrong?
Yes! We all know that.
Are we perfect now?
But where else is better?
I seriously doubt you’ll find a better country. But if you do, I hope you’ll go there. Start a new life and be happy!
Because I’m tired of people bad-mouthing what I believe is the greatest country on earth.
The Pledge of Allegiance
It’s not just mere words folks!
It says “Indivisible” for a reason people! It means “unable to be divided or separated”.
That’s what the founders of this country wanted. We are not whites or black, Hispanic, Japanese, Chinese, Europeans, Italians, French, Swedish, or African-American. We are AMERICANS!
I hope you’ll take a few moments to really LISTEN to the simple truths in this video by the great John Wayne. No matter what your political stand, your religion, or your nationality, it tells what the United States stands for!
I’m sure some of you will agree, and I’m also certain some of you will not.
But either way, I encourage you to comment below.
And most importantly, take a moment to remember the victims of 9/11 and their families.
Thank you and God Bless you, and God Bless America!