Today is Patriot Day. According to Wikipedia..."In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.
U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407–0 on October 25, 2001. It requested thatthe President designate September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day". President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (as Public Law 107-89). It is a discretionary day of remembrance. On September 4, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day.
On this day, the President requests that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001."
Traditionally this day has also been a day of service. Presidents Bush and Obama have asked citizens to perform some kind of service in tribute to the families of the 2,997 lives lost in the attack. It is not a national holiday in that everyone gets the day off work, but it is a day we, as Americans, will never forget. Ever.
As you go through your day today, doing what you do on a Tuesday, please take a moment to remember how much our world changed that day. Remember perhaps in prayer, the lost and the families left to mourn. Remember where you were, how you felt and don't be surprised if remembering brings a tear or two. It was a terrorist attack. Not the first, but by far, the most devastating.
If we live in fear, if we give up our freedoms, if we change who the USA is, they win. The terrorists get what they want. They want us to be afraid. They want us to change our free way of living and live in terror. We will not. We will not be afraid and we will not live in a military state to be safe. We will be Americans and plan and work and gather intelligence and eventually, those who hurt us, feel the wrath of the American strength. In this case, Seal Team 6 carried out that plan under the orders of their Commander in Chief, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America. God bless the USA. And may God bless those who protect us daily and those who make the kinds of decisions that lead to the fall of Osama Bin Laden.
Walk freely today and hold your head high, you are being protected by the best of the best and you are an American with the heart of an Eagle and the pride of a free nation.
God bless our servicemen/women and thank you each and every one for your sacrifice and your service. My flag is at half-mast today in honor of the lost souls of 9/11 and our own local hero Shane Cantu who was buried 9/10/2012 after giving his life for his country late August. God rest his soul.