The flags look sad today.
They are flying at half mast.
It is overcast, and the wind is not blowing.
I feel sad, too.
Thirteen years ago today, militant extremists hijacked four of our own passenger airliners and ripped our hearts and sense of security.
I was working at one of those mail-room-type jobs that almost everyone has to go through to jump-start their careers. Therefore, I was able to see some of the 9/11 coverage before my supervisor said sadly, “We need to get back to work.” And so I did. But after a second plane struck a tower, I wondered what was happening to us.
Who would be next?
I knew that if our town–a defense town–got hit, I would walk to get Lefty, who was working at a nearby company.
I was proud of President George W. Bush on that day and still am. Kenneth T. Walsh (http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/ken-walshs-washington/2013/04/25/george-w-bushs-bullhorn-moment) so accurately put it, “It was George W. Bush’s ‘bullhorn moment,’ one of the most riveting and important points in his presidency, illustrating the personal qualities he was most proud of: a pride in making decisions from the gut, an overwhelming trust in his instincts, a certain brio in how he conducted himself during a crisis.”[Emphasis mine.]
This moment is photographed in my memory and was President Bush’s finest hour. He was strong and resolute. Honorable, and certainly a Commander and Chief.
After 9/11, I learned words like al-Qaeda and Jihad. I’m not politically correct. Never have been. Never will be. Because I am a truth-seeker. So, as long as I am given freedom of speech in my country, I will speak the truth. And what happened on September 11, 2001 was evil, horrible, and unconscionable. The act was done by wicked men.
So, on this day of remembrance, I pray for the victims of 9/11, their families, and those who lost loved ones on that day.
In the words of George W. Bush, “God bless America.”
Fire Station. In remembrance of our public service heroes who lost their lives on September 11th.
United States of America flag at half mast.
The world’s most beautiful flag.