It’s another beautiful, cool Carolina blue sky morning. I looked out my office window, earlier this morning, and watched the neighbors walking their dogs … and those, who were on their morning jog.
I stepped onto the screened porch and felt a gentle breeze on my face, gazed at the brilliant light of the morning sun, rising over the trees, and listened to the birds in morning chorus. I reflected back to another morning …. some thirteen years ago. A morning that started out like so many other mornings, but so very quickly changed into a day that would change the lives of all Americans, forever. People who had gone to work that day would never be coming home. We, as Americans would never feel as secure and safe in this country as we did the day before. That day was September 11, 2001.
Through the following years, we began to heal. Life returned to some kind of normalcy … albeit … never as before. For a while, we came together as a nation. And then changes began to occur. Schools began to ban prayer … prayer in public and government offices were challenged … and people were being told they could no longer fly their flag outside their place of business, their home, or their condominium. Just as quickly the thin crack in racial divide has become a huge long, deep ridge in society.
Today is September 11, 2014. This morning, people are waking up and feeling more anxiety-ridden about what this anniversary may bring … more than any other anniversary. We have been blatantly threatened again. This time, by the Terrorist group, ISIS. This threat is real. There has never been a better time for us to put prayer (regardless of faith) back into our schools, and our lives. There has never been a better time to fly our American flag proudly. It is time for Americans to come together with other Americans and reclaim all the values that once made this country so great.
Unfortunately, the wheels of terror have been greased and have been put into motion …. but …it is our faith, our pride in our country, and our joining hands with our fellow Americans, that will get us through whatever we are faced with in the future.
In Memory of all those men and women who lost their lives, and the families who lost their loved ones. And, to all Americans who lost a bit of innocence and sense of well-being, that day … September 11, 2001.
God Bless all our first Responders, our military men and women. God Bless America!