Sensitive 9/11 observances | Federal Way letters
September 9, 2011 · Updated 2:07 PM
Note: This is one American citizen’s response to the president’s “Guidelines on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 observances,” saying that 9/11 wasn’t just about us and that our actions to defend our nation after 9/11 angered other nations and we must be sensitive to that. I suppose we should have apologized after being attacked at Pearl Harbor.
9/11 is about us.
9/11 is about terror and the first act of war directly on the American mainland.
9/11 is about those unbelievably heroic firemen, policemen and ordinary citizens who entered the twin towers knowing they would never come out again.
9/11 is watching fellow Americans knowingly choose to jump to their deaths rather than burn alive. Think about that.
9/11 is about the unbelievable heroes of Flight 93. They personified the uniquely American spirit.
9/11 is about radical Islamic terrorists carefully and coldly plotting for years to target the primary symbol of freedom in this world, the United States of America. Saying that may not be politically correct, but it is the truth.
9/11 is about Americans putting aside differences to unite against a common enemy — evil personified.
9/11 is about all Americans praying together and honoring and respecting their religious traditions and differences. Hear that, Mayor Bloomberg?
9/11 is about all freedom and peace loving people throughout the world saying “We are with you. We are all Americans today.”
9/11 is about truth, not fear, not political correctness and not moral equivalency. To equate 9/11 with a nightclub bombing or other terror attacks does a grave disservice to those who died on 9/11.
9/11 is about confronting our enemies and supporting and defending those who seek to live in freedom and peace.
9/11 is about not apologizing for what we did to defend our nation and our freedom.
9/11 is about the millions of Americans who died defending not only the freedoms this nation cherishes, but the lives and freedoms of millions throughout the world since the founding of this nation.
9/11 is about being proud, not ashamed, of American exceptionalism, our Judeo-Christian heritage and our uncompromising principle of freedom of, and freedom from, religion for all.
9/11 is about being unabashedly and unashamedly patriotic. Other countries don’t apologize for their love of country. We shouldn’t either.
9/11 is about admitting our mistakes as a nation and correcting them.
9/11 is about freedom and not about the government telling its citizens what to say or not to say on a most sacred national observance. To do so does not do justice to the memory of those who died that day and to the millions of brave men and women who died defending our freedom, as citizens, to speak.
L.C. Ketter, Federal Way