14 years ago today nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens lost their life in one of the most devastating attacks on our country since the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. The victims were black, white, brown, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers…they were Americans.
Some complain that since 9-11 our lives have become more inconvenient. Longer lines at airports, enhanced license needed to visit neighboring countries, and always having to keep a vigilant eye when standing in crowds. Yes, our lives have changed. However, our lives have not changed as much as those who lost a loved one on that tragic day.
September 11, also known as Patriot Day, has become a day to remember and honor our fellow Americans who died in New York, Washington D.C. and in a field in Pennsylvania. It is also a time to remember and honor those heroes who have lost their life in the line of duty and protecting our freedoms defending our country.
I encourage all of us to stop, pause, and take just a moment to remember, not only those Americans who died on September 11, but for their families who lost a huge part of their life on that dreadful day.
In the 239 year history of our country we have endured many hardships, injustices, and tragedies but we have also triumphed, overcame, and grown stronger. On this day, and every day, let us never forget the times when we have been tested as a nation for when we do we will surly forget the more important times when we have stood strong as the United States of America.
Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D.
Dearborn Public Schools