September 11, 2008

Remembering... For Generations To Come

We were at Boy Scouts tonight when they had one of the Scouts talk about 9/11.

He started with it in generalities when the Scout Master stopped him and said, "These boys right here were four when it happened. You need to speak in more detail."

Our kids know so much... we talk about it still frequently. But he was right... there are kids coming up now, that were not born.

I will always Remember... I will never forget. But we need to make sure... we keep it in the minds of those being born today.

For us to forget... means we have not learned... and history will repeat itself.

I remember, and every year I wonder if I'll finally tell the story on line. Its not the time yet and it may never be. Its really not my story to tell.

But every year I remember. And I make sure my boys do. And I will make sure... my grandchildren have my memory of 9/11 to carry with them... so they don't forget either.

Posted by Boudicca at September 11, 2008 09:10 PM | TrackBack

Bou, I agree. I do tell my daughter about 9/11. She was only 2 at the time. But now, she needs to know. We need to always remember. It's not 'bad' people who did this - it is terrorists who irrationally hate American and most especially freedom.

I won't forget. And I am forever grateful to our men and women in uniform who stand on the front lines for us all.

Posted by: Nina at September 11, 2008 09:23 PM

That was the day the world changed...irrevocably. Nobody who heard the news on the radio or watched the events on TV, all with mounting horror, had any doubt about the implications for how the world would need to operate from that day on.

I just hope people in the West realize just what kind of struggle they are in, and that we are dealing with an implacable enemy, one with a completely different worldview. Not a good one, if you like the progress made in Western democracies in the last, say 500 years.

Posted by: Elisson at September 11, 2008 10:05 PM

I was watching a 9/11 special on National Geo earlier in the week and a person on there said 2 things that stuck with me.

1 - People do not realize how long and bloody the war on terror is actually going to be.

2 - It is going to take another strike on America before people really get serious about the war on terror.

Both statements are sad but all to true.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at September 12, 2008 07:53 AM

I recently read books by a former CIA director and by a former State Dept. anti-terrorism expert who back up what Quality Weenie says.

One is particularly worried that the next 9-11 will involve nukes. Imagine not just a few landmarks being attacked, but vaporized......

Posted by: George at September 12, 2008 11:08 AM

Hey George, the Nat Geo special had a lot of former CIA and State Dept people on it.

The actual former Dept head in charge of hunting for Osama.

It was a great show, one I had never seen before.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at September 12, 2008 11:29 AM

Thank you all for remembering - for we must. We forget at our peril. For 2,557 there have been no terrorist attacks on American soil. I pray that after the election, that statistic does not fall by the wayside.

We lost a family friend on Flight 11 - Heather Lee Smith. Thank you for remembering her and the other 2,975 victims. We can't ever forget the sacrifices they were forced to make so unwillingly.

Posted by: Kris, in New England at September 12, 2008 12:44 PM

You'd be amazed at what some of these kids remember. The youngest Scout in my group, who was barely four at the time, remembers the chaos, the worried looks on his parents' faces, the tense household, and participating in the many prayers his family offered for those affected. Made for a very interesting impromptu conversation a couple of Wednesday nights ago. I've learned to never take these kids for granted with their knowledge of world affairs and history, even at eleven years old.

Posted by: diamond dave at September 12, 2008 02:27 PM

My girls were obviously not yet born in 2001... But we will make sure they know the truth about 9/11 and not just what (might) make it into history books. Right now there are people that deny the Holocaust took place and history books edit it more every year. 9/11 will probably be like that unless we work to make sure it doesn't.

Posted by: Jody at September 12, 2008 03:54 PM

Our nephew's birthday is September 11th, and my sister in law had planned a party to celebrate his turning 5. It may seem like a small thing, but I know it still bothers him. Another guy whose birthday also is on September 11th wrote a song about it ... Osama Bin Laden, You Ruined My Birthday.

Posted by: PeggyU at September 13, 2008 12:56 AM