September 11th: Evil Is Real And So Is Courage

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September 11th: Evil Is Real And So Is Courage

September 11th: Evil Is Real And So Is Courage

Eighteen years have past since the horrific events of September 11th.  Eighteen years.  It’s crazy to think that right now, there are teenagers walking around who have lived their entire lives after Sept. 11, 2001. What they know about 9/11 is what they’ve been taught in school, what they’ve seen on TV and the internet, and what those of us who lived through it tell them.

It’s a lovely fall evening tonight here in the Pacific Northwest. On a similar evening 18 years ago, there were 3,000 people in this country who went to bed not knowing the horror that await them the following day.  Of course, we all know what dreadful events would happen next.

It’s been said that 60% of Americans watched the attacks occur live on television or saw them replayed over and over again in the days, weeks and years following the attacks.  I was one of those Americans and this is what I tell those who came after.

September 11, 2001 was the day that we were violated on our own soil, the day that we were made to face the reality that there are those in this world who want us dead simply because we are American.  That day we watched four coordinated terrorist attacks, by the simply evil Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, use commercial passenger aircraft filled with hundreds of people, slam into buildings.  And then we watched those buildings crumble to the ground, killing thousands more.  We watched men and women show us what American Exceptionalism meant; watching  them go back into the inferno to save others over and over.  We watched them give themselves, their futures, and their very lives.  Heroism and courage abounded.

I’ve read somewhere that there are no graves for over 1,000 of the 3,000 or so who perished.  Remains are being identified at the rate of one per year.  For many, it’s been a hard 18 years, while others seem to have forgotten it all together.

Fast forward.

We’re all aware of a number of broad takeaways from the events of 9/11.  From conversations about national security to the growing demented fringe of al-Qaeda like spawn, to considerations surrounding religious freedom and loss of individual liberties, the fallout of that terrible event continues to impact our lives even today. We are forever changed because of 9/11.

After 18 years, what are some of your 9/11 takeaways?  We’d really like to know your thoughts – whether political or personal.

Mine? Pretty basic and fundamental: Love my tribe fiercely. Practice gratitude. Repay kindnesses abundantly. Be a better friend. Hug a lot.  (Not a hugger?  Become one!)  Work hard, play harder. Let anger and bitterness go — be the first to say “I’m sorry.” Know that hope is better than anger. And always remember my exceptional American roots.

So in an effort to keep the events and stories of 9/11 ever in our hearts, we’ve gathered below a sampling of our blog posts from over the years that demonstrate both the evil and the courage of that day. We hope you pick out a few to read, and pass on the stories to those who came after.  God bless America.

#NeverForget.

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Here’s a few links to past Victory Girls September 11th Tribute Posts!  

 

A Victory Girls 9/11 Collective: We Remember, We Are Not Afraid

A Victory Girls 9/11 Collective: Life After 9/11 

#September11: Remembering the Sixth Graders on Flight 77

9/11 Perspective: How We Got Here From There

Remembering 9/11: September 11th, My Son and Duty

Remembering 9/11: Rick Rescorla, a Singing Hero

#September11th: Remembering The 9/11 Jumpers

9/11’s Youngest Victims: The Fate of Juliana McCourt

#September11: “Let’s Roll”

Remembering 9/11: Happy Birthday, My Son

Remembering 9/11: George W. Bush’s World Series Opening Pitch [VIDEO]

#‎September11: Trakr, Hero Dog of 9/11

Our Sacred Obligation to the Next Generation

Remembering 9/11: Attacks Gave a Naval Academy Plebe New Resolve [VIDEO]

Remembering 9/11: Freedom Stands Tall

Remembering 9/11: The Music That Gave Us Hope, Strength, And Courage [VIDEO]

 

 

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5 Comments
  • Deborah Durkee says:

    My daughter was 18 years old on 9/11/01. She is 36 today. She was on her own for the first time as a freshman in college. She called us crying on that day. Scared, sad, confused. It helped me to talk to her so that I could be grateful that she was safe and sound, but it also helped me to be strong — for her. That’s the gift of children, they make you grow up and be adults when you want to breakdown and give up in fear. We told her that the country would be okay, that we have the greatest military in the world, and that they would find who did this. I also told her that this was her generation’s Pearl Harbor, to be strong and have faith and never give up or give in to terror. I’m not sure where those words came from that day. I say, “thank you, God” for the blessings of living in the USA. Bless all on this anniversary of America’s strength in adversity.

  • Charles N. Steele says:

    Last year I sent Darleen Click’s “Sacred Obligation” to the man, a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, who was to be speaker at our college’s 9/11 commemoration. Somehow the email was hung up and he didn’t receive it until days later, but listening I thought he had rewritten his address to incorporate “Sacred Obligation.”

    It’s of the greatest importance to remember –this and and the rest of our history — and teach it. If we lose our history we lose our future. VG is doing great work in keeping it alive.

  • Tim Wilson says:

    I was angry and frustrated that day–something we KNEW could happen was deliberately ignored/downplayed because our “leaders” didn’t want to take the bull by the horns and deal with it. Even Bush, for all the good he did, failed address the elephant in the living room of radical Islam. I was in the last year of my PhD studies in history that day. Having grown up in the 60s-80s period in Europe, I knew about terrorism. I could tell my students had NO idea.

    Today, the left seems to reject that radical Islam even exists. I think they felt the same way then, but were smart enough to shut up about it–at least for awhile. Is it any wonder students are being churned out with giant holes in their education and awareness?

    18 years later, with a 15 year old son, I have to explain to him that yes, we’re still fighting these scum, even though there continues to be a reluctance to really face who they are. Obama, in particular, was like a hangover–he has done more damage to the US internationally and domestically than few Presidents I can think of.

    It’s going to continue to be a long, hard slog. There are real monsters out there–the freaking weather isn’t one of them!

  • Thewlyn Oh says:

    IT was both a statement on American complacency & false security due to laziness AND a testament to American courage and strength.

    Our hubris and self-aggrandizing view was turned against us in a horrible way, families torn apart, innocents killed.

    We responded like Americans do, by coming together, supporting and helping each other, and getting a firmer grasp on who we are.

    Those lessons are gone. With the deep state, “the Squad”, the rise of identity politics and leftist political violence, and a government that no longer gives a s**t about the people who they are supposed to represent, we are losing our way. It’s going to take a monumental effort to reclaim this country and restore our identity.

    I think we can do it. I HOPE we can do it.

  • […] September 11, 2001 was the day that we were violated on our own soil, the day that we were made to face the reality that there are those in this world who want us dead simply because we are American. That day we watched four coordinated terrorist attacks, by the simply evil Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, use commercial passenger aircraft filled with hundreds of people, slam into buildings. And then we watched those buildings crumble to the ground, killing thousands more. We watched men and women show us what American Exceptionalism meant; watching them go back into the inferno to save others over and over. We watched them give themselves, their futures, and their very lives. Heroism and courage abounded. Read More > at Victory Girls […]

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