“Aftermath of 9/11”
Where were you on Tuesday, September 11, when the United States became a target of terrorists and nearly 3,000 persons died becoming martyrs in the eyes of freedom?
Most people can detail where they were and what they were doing. Just like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy or the bombing of Pearl Harbor for those old enough to recall either of these tragedies. Any severe anti-peace or concern for humanity will always stick in our memories and lead us to question the why and will these attacks on our freedom or the office of the President of the United States stop.
For those too young to have lived on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese war machine decided to attack our homeland bringing America into WWII, created their own demise. John F. Kennedy died on Friday, November 22,1963 after an assassin shot him in Dallas, TX. Whatever the assassin’s original intent he could not silence the cause of freedom even though the highest office in the land was now dead. The two jet liners that attempted to remove the symbols of commerce by crashing into the twin towers in Manhattan, one plane aiming at crippling the center of military freedom at the Pentagon, and the fourth plane with an estimated destruction of the Capital building in Washington D. C. finding its way to a field in Shanksville, PA through 40 citizens who became heroes in this battle to preserve freedom. September 11 will always remind us.
Freedom, the entity that began thousands of years ago when the gift of freedom that God blessed his children has survived at the cost of many human lives. Yet, this is the one factor that sets all of us on a path to worship God freely, to pray in a way that freely pleases God, and a continuing blessing to our progeny in the realm of freedom.
We’ve paid a price through the martyrs listed above, the brave persons who fought and died whom we remember on Memorial Day, and all of the brave people who continue to reach out to God seeking his generous gifts of freedom and mercy.
Let us not forget those who became victims and work to preserve freedom at any cost.
Ralph B. Hathaway, 9/11 2021