I am ashamed of myself. Last week was the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attack and I let it get by without a word of remembrance for the many who lost their lives on that day in 2001. I also should have mentioned our military men and women who have been and are still serving in war since then. Many have lost their loved ones to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and great numbers of our young men and women are returning home seriously injured both mentally and physically.
Many times over the last 11 years, I have thought about that morning when I watched the first airplane fly into the Twin Towers thinking what an awful mistake. Then I, along with the rest of the world, discovered it was no mistake and we were in fact under attack.
So many people lost their lives in the airplanes and the buildings as the hijackers used our own planes as weapons killing about 3,000 innocent people.
It made us want to hold our children and grandchildren a little closer. Following the attack most of America got a little more patriotic toward our flag and country. We had volunteers from everywhere working together in the weeks following the attack.
Like most things, we forget as time goes by. I sincerely hope we don't allow ourselves to completely forget. We should always remember the day and remember the families whose lives were changed as they lost their mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, and even children. The survivors will always carry the memories of that awful day.
I think we all changed a little after 9/11. We don't feel quite as secure as we did and we realize what extreme measures some will go to hurt our country.
Even 11 years later, I cannot understand how anyone can hate so much they could take pleasure in such an evil deed.
Books have been written, documentaries have been made, and Sept. 11, 2001, is part of history. Our grandchildren will read about this in a history lesson as we learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor during our school days.
Let's not forget it is more than a historical fact for the people who were there and the people who lost their friends and family members.
All in a matter of a few hours, a small group of people changed things forever. Young people today will never know how easy it was to once fly from one city or country to another. We did not have to take off our shoes or be patted down. We could wait in the area where our family members would be landing. We could greet them as they stepped off the airplane. We could board airplanes without looking around and wondering if hijackers might be aboard. Yes, air travel has changed.
I have said before, I would rather be a little inconvenienced and be safe. I don't think we should let our guard down at airports or anywhere else.
I do apologize for not mentioning Patriot Day last Tuesday. I don't ever want to forget those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, their family members, the survivors of the attack, or our men and women in uniform.
I may be a week late, but I am very sincere in my thoughts for the victims of 9/11.