Some Thoughts on 9/11

By: Mike Breunling
By: Mike Breunling

In a way it is hard to believe 7 years have passed since that awful day.  The events of that Tuesday are still as clear in my mind today as when they happened.  As I reflect on what occurred on 9/11, certain things comes to mind:

First I remember the weather conditions--clear skies from New England westward all the way through the Great Lakes--and how such horrible things could occur on such a beautiful day...

I also reflect on how my travel schedule had me in the air just two days before 9/11--and how fortunate I was to have avoided the chaos of the unprecendented order to ground all flights in progress as a result of the terrorist acts...

I want to applaud the current presidential candidates of both parties for deciding to put aside partisan politics for a day, to allow the focus to be on the victims and their families.

I also think it appropriate to give credit to the President and those of all political persuasions who have worked to prevent another attack on our soil.  I clearly recall the many pundits who shortly after 9/11 questioned how soon the next act of terrorism would occur in the U.S.  To me it is remarkable there has not been another incident.

While looking through the TV listings earlier this week I noticed there was very little programming scheduled dealing with 9/11.  Other than a few programs on the History Channel, the only other time devoted to the day was a playing of the movies "Flight 93" and "United 93", which dealt with how the passengers on the fourth hijacked plane decided to try to foil the terrorist plot.  Although I had seen the movie "Flight 93" already, I felt compelled to watch it again.  And even though several years have passed, I was overcome with the same feelings of horror, shock, sadness, fear, and anger.

Which leads me to my question to you:  Besides the coverage provided on the local and national newscasts on the anniversary of 9/11, shouldn't there be more programs devoted to remembering that day, and all the events surrounding the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history?  To me, just seeing the movie "Flight 93" again was a reminder of how precious our freedom and liberty are.  I have heard it said that replaying the events of 9/11 would be too frightening, that it would reopen the wounds inflicted on our country.

I don't know...but it seems to me that at times it is good to remember the past, to help to prevent those events from happening again in the future. 

What do you think?


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