2008-09-10 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Remember 9/11, keep the Spirit of 9/12
By Larry G. Spence

When someone mentions 9/ 11 these days there is no question as to what they are referring. Flashbacks of planes and burning buildings, along with the tragic loss of many lives immediately come to mind. It was one of those times in history that will be etched in our minds forever. While the events of 9/11 will stay with us forever, along with the memories of those that died, we need to never forget, but also we need to move on.

Most of us remember the shock, the events being played out before our very eyes, and the aftermath as story after story was presented to us by the media. What we need to remember also is the manner in which our country came together as one. We need to remember the "Spirit of 9/12." For the first time in a long time we were united as one, with the same problems and the same goals in mind. Our country and the people in it, become one. There were no walls, no divisions, no self-seeking individuals, just citizens of the "United" States of America.

We got behind our leaders in government, both national and local, churches, schools, civic organizations and business, all worked together for the betterment of the people. Churches were once again full of people praying for the families that lost loved ones, praying for those in authority to have wisdom to guide us through those tough times, and for God to be the only one we look to for answers to our questions of "Why," and for the answers to our prayers. The "Spirit of 9/12" was something we as a nation can be proud of, and something we need to keep going.

Now, more than ever, we need the "Spirit of 9/12" to be how we live our lives, even seven years after 9/11. We need to pull together once again as a nation, as Americans, and put aside our differences, and our disagreements. We need to pray for this country and for those in authority over us, no matter who they may be or what political party may be in control. We need to get back to the basics of what foundations our country was founded upon. We are, as a nationa on the verge of judgment for things we have done, have allowed to take place, and for the direction we are headed. Now, more than ever, is the time to pull together as one, as Americans who love their countyr and their fellow Americans. Let's bring back the "Spirit of 9/11," and then this time let's keep that Spirit alive and well in America.

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