in the small chapel where George
Washington attended after his
inauguration, which is near Ground Zero and
the most extensive September 11th museum
in New York City, millions will file
through to view photos, videos and remnants
from the September 11, 2001 terrorist
attack on America and the close to year-long
cleanup of that evil deed.
vowing to put aside presidential politics,
and rightfully so, senators John McCain
and Barack Obama are in New York to attend
9/11 memorial services, and later a
forum in public service at Columbia
the day in Pennsylvania John McCain
asked every person "to be as good an
American" as the passengers and crew
of United Airlines Flight 93. And Barack
Obama on the campaign trail asked
Americans to "renew that spirit of
service and that sense of common
purpose" that followed the 9/11
It is hard
to believe that it's been seven years
since Islamic terrorists flew planes into
the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and into
the fields of Pennsylvania. But it is not
hard to believe that those attacks have
changed America forever.
is a word that we have come to understand
as a nation as never before.
No one was surprised, nor did we hear the politically
correct police complain, when pastor
Rick Warren asked both presidential
candidates at the Saddleback Civil Forum
last month, "Does evil exist? And if
it does, do we ignore it? Do we negotiate
with it? Do we contain it? Do we defeat
In modernist fashion John McCain answered,
"Defeat it," and then cited
radical Islamic terrorists. In
post-modern fashion Barack Obama said
that it exists in many places, such as
Darfur and our own neighborhoods, and
that it's "God's task" to rid
the world of evil.
One thing is
for sure, for modernists and
post-modernists alike, Americans have all
been affected by the events of 9/11. Some
are still mourning. And sadly, some have
'forgotten' what was behind what happened.
that debate aside for now...
Americans should pause and remember not
only what happened, but the lives and
families that were shattered.
Americans should be grateful for the
service, dedication and even lives given,
of the first responders to rescue
victims from the Twin Towers.
Americans should remember how we united,
regardless of political or worldview
leanings, as we realized we had a
common enemy who not only disagrees with
us, but hates us and wants to destroy us.
Today is a
day to be United in Memory, vowing to
forgive, but not to forget, so that we can
see clearly ahead in what has now become a
war on terror.
is a day to stop and pray for the victims
of 9/11 and their families, and to express
our memories and emotions in
constructive ways -- by serving our
fellow Americans in ways that make a
difference in their lives.
continue to Bless America.