A most powerful image to remember.
Most of us can remember the images from September 11, 2001. The smoke, the building burning and falling, airliners caught on video flying right into the Twin Towers.
In the days following, we were treated to the works of some very talented artists producing images such as the photo of the towers overlaid with the image of a bald eagle shedding a tear.
These attacks were a truly tragic series of events in our country’s history. It is a shame that so many people will forget that it happened. It is a shame that some people are disputing that it was a terrorist attack. And it is a shame that those people are often heralded for their fame and fortune.
The Twin Tower disaster included 2,753 victims. Those who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center were 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority as well as eight private emergency medical technicians and paramedics. There were no survivors from any of the flights, and the overwhelming majority of casualties were civilians, including nationals of over 70 countries.
Seventy countries share our pain and loss from those attacks but America was the intended target.
As Americans, I sincerely hope that all of you remember the tragic events of that Tuesday morning back in 2001, and I hope that you feel the patriotism and love of our country that you felt the day after. And yes, I do hope that some of the pain still lingers in your heart as a reminder of our history.
Today, I hoist high a beer in honor of those who gave their lives to help others. And in-fact, I hoist my brew to those who serve every day, fighting for the freedoms that I enjoy every day.
The First Amendment is how I make my living. It guarantees that I am allowed to come here and run my mouth without fear of being punished, and it guarantees that you are allowed to come here and read about it.
Today, I drink to those who have served to make us all safe and free. To Carl Grooms, who served our country behind the controls of one of our finest fighting aircraft. To Shawn Martin, who served our country behind the controls of our finest sniper rifles. To my new nephew, Eric Householder, who has served in the Middle East and who currently serves, training our next generation of soldiers in the US ARMY (And is taking my niece 3,000 miles away). To those who drive the streets in an ambulance or volunteer for the local fire department. ~Cheers! And more than Cheers... THANK YOU!