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Saturday, September 11, 2010: Remembering 9-11

"Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future."
                                                                     -- Lewis B. Smedes

                                        (photo taken by unknown midshipman)

        Searching through my files for some appropriate photo, I found myself revisiting my son’s years at the United States Naval Academy.  At the conclusion of plebe year, the class of 2004 spent the summer maneuvering various types of boats up and down the coast. One trip involved sailing to New York, where many saw the Twin Towers for their first and/or last time.  Three years later, this class of midshipmen graduated as commissioned officers, with a large percentage being sent immediately into war zones. Other Ensigns (Navy) and Second Lieutenants (Marines) went through more specialized training, before following their classmates to Iraq and Afghanistan.

        I sit today, reflecting on past years, somewhat angry at today's news coverage. It seems this year too many call up memories of 9-11 for their own political agenda.  To really honor those who died on 9-11, to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country in the wars that followed, to honor the troops who still give service to our country, who still are out there protecting our freedoms, we citizens should be holding up---to ourselves and the world---the deepest, finest values that make up the concept of  "America."  This is the day, of all days, to see U.S. citizens of other cultures and other lifestyles not as strangers, too different from ourselves to be worthy of the freedoms we would choose for ourselves, but simply as fellow Americans.

Posted on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 09:07AM by Registered CommenterThe Skeptical Mystic | CommentsPost a Comment

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