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May 9/11 Never Become a National Day
Jonathan Pait
September 11, 2004

As I have watched the various memorials surrounding the events of 9/11, I am struck by the honesty of the comments.  The reality of the actions of that day is still fresh on the hearts of those who suffered that day.  Seeing them remember makes that day return to us all.

Some would say it is time to move on.  No, we must never forget.  We do not need to wallow in feelings of the victim, but we must remember the spirit of the American people that rose from the rubble of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania field.

It is sad that our days of memory have become really nothing more than holidays.  May we never make 9/11 a "paid time off holiday."  It will be to our advantage that our memories of this day be a sacrifice.  That sacrifice will keep the reality in our memories.

No.  We must never forget.  We must turn it into a memory that strengthens us.

The President spoke to us today.  He remembered that day by saying, "The struggle between good and evil was compressed into a matter of a few minutes."  Those moments became a gut check for our nation.  Whether it was our military or stock market traders, it was time to show our mettle.

"Our nation accepted the mission: We will defeat this enemy."

The war started.  It has been called the fourth world war.  It is a different kind of war.  The way to wage it is sometimes an experiment.  However, we have indeed accepted the mission.  While our methods may alter - while those on the front lines may not always be soldiers - the fortitude of the American spirit will indeed allow us to defeat the enemy.  The only way we can be defeated is to ignore those values and strengths that have fortified that spirit.

"We are safer than we were, but we are not yet safe."

It is true.  We have certainly lost our sense of invincibility.  However, the numbers - the facts show that we are farther along than we were before the attacks.  Even the stock market is at a higher level than it was on September 11, 2001.  Our national worth is trillions of dollars greater than that day.  We need always to be vigilant, but we can take comfort in our successes.

"We are patient in a just cause and confident in our victory."


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