Over the weekend, a ceremony was held to dedicate a memorial to the citizen heroes of United Airlines Flight 93, who gave their lives to prevent that plane from being used as a weapon in the massive attack against our nation this day exactly ten years ago. Their selfless efforts are now memorialized in a field in Shanksville, Pa, where the downed airliner crashed into the ground killing all aboard. Who knows how many other of their fellow citizens were saved by their courageous actions of that day.
Both former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton gave deeply moving speeches at that commemoration, which I am linking to here for those who might want to take a bit of time out of their schedules to remember their sacrifice and to also reflect on where you were that day and the emotions you were experiencing as you watched the reports coming out of New York City, Washington DC and of course, Shanksville, Pa.
"When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe." … Frederic Bastiat
Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God. – Archbishop Chaput
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Sunday, September 11, 2011
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