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Four years ago, I sat in my little office in Lorimor, Iowa, trying to get a software company launched. That morning, I sat in shock listening to Peter Jennings on the radio as the events unfolded. I had no TV at the office; I got all of my news form the web that day. So many people unexpectedly gave up their lives and I went home numb, wondering what it all meant and grieving for the people who died.

When it became apparent that it was a terrorist attack, the next days were followed by a fierce resolve. Since that time, we've taken the fight to the enemy and we have avoided a second attack. President Bush was the right man at the right time. Our troops, both active duty and reserve, have sacrificed an incredible amount so that we can continue to enjoy our lives in peace and freedom here at home.

America is the greatest country ever to exist. My hope is that the freedoms we enjoy become the freedoms that every other person on the planet gets to enjoy one day as well. I believe that the dream and the promise of freedom is being born in countries that have never had a hint of freedom as we know it. I also believe that only America could have taken something so horribly tragic and turned it into something so positive.

And the best part is that the terrorists catalyzed the exact opposite effect that they first sought to deliver. No one can defeat this noisy, tumultuous, disagreeing, vibrant, ever-changing, freedom-loving country.


by Brett Rogers, 9/11/2005 8:40:07 AM



Hear, hear.

I will never forget.


We may be an argumentative, dysfunctional family of Americans, but most of us roll up our sleeves and take care of bidness when there's bidness to be taken care of.

On the morning of 9/11/01, I was lying in bed, not wanting to get up, and I had WHO-AM 1040 on my clock radio. They broke in to say that a plane had hit the WTC, so I hopped out of bed to turn on the TV. Soon afterward I watched as the second plane hit, and it dawned on me that this was no accident. I still thought they were just private planes, though, because they just looked so tiny.

If I were twenty years younger, I'd be in uniform right now, of my own volition.



Posted by GradualDazzle, 9/11/2005 10:33:43 PM

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