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Don’t forget lessons of 9/11

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Ten years and the images are still as vivid as if it was only 10 minutes ago. The horrific sight of smoke billowing from the World Trade Center after terrorist-piloted suicide planes slammed into the buildings.
Then there was the damage at the seemingly impregnable Pentagon and the plane crash in the Pennsylvania field, which, if not for some civilian heroes, might have struck the U.S. Capitol and killed key national leaders.
Say 9/11 and the unforgettable mental images quickly surface. Those are just the stunning pictures, not to mention the death and destruction on the worst terrorist attack in the United States.
It was Sept. 11, 2001.
The tragic events of that day are one of those points in your life where you know exactly where you were at the terrifying moment of impact. You can recall where you were and your initial thoughts.
Those events changed us – forever. It was the end of America’s innocence.
The way we lived was altered, including travel and what we could take with us. Airport security took on a new scope. Public buildings are also a place where the changes are obvious with metal detectors and security scans. The same is true for some of our major entertainment events, as bags are more closely checked and pat downs have become the norm before entering the venue.
In the days right after 9/11, it was tough to determine which was higher – gun sales or church attendance. Patriotism also received a notable, ongoing boost.
One positive that came out of the events was a greater appreciation of our police, fire and emergency medical personnel. They were the heroes who put their lives on the line, many of which were lost, to help the survivors of the tragedy.
Think about it. You were probably more cautious about locking your doors, whether at home or in your car, maybe you still are.
The day touched us all as we had friends and relatives impacted, but most of all it elicited concern for our fellow Americans.
We wanted quick revenge, but it would take time to sort it all out.
Time has helped to heal some wounds, and there was a sense of closure in the spring when the main perpetrator of the devious deed – Osama Bin Laden – was killed by Navy SEALs.
Still, we will never forget.
We urge all Americans to take time out and remember that tragic time in our history. Attend a community service where you can join your voice with others to pray for peace in our country and around the world, but don’t forget the lessons of Sept. 11, 2001.
9/11 should never be forgotten.