The Importance of Remembering 9/11 A secretary calmly goes about her business, when all of a sudden, a shadow falls over the room, and someone screams, “It’s an airliner! It’s going to hit the tower!” That day, all America realized that this great nation is not invincible. The events of that day have not faded from the minds of Americans, for there has not been attack of this magnitude on American soil since Pearl Harbor. We will never forget the innocent people who died. The tragedy should never be forgotten, so man will remember the brevity of life, his own insufficiency, and the grace and judgment of God. Yet even in the midst of tragedy, the Lord brings hope: stories of courage, selfless sacrifices, and the one plane that was meant to be used for further destruction but the passengers overcame the terrorists, and they saved many lives at the cost of their own. Those who initiated these attacks should be remembered as well: as America’s enemies and those who seek the destruction of freedom. In their folly, they thought reward would come to them when in reality, even years later God brought justice to them, and even those who escape justice in this life will still stand before the Eternal Judge to give an account for their deeds. America continues to oppose all who would attack us, exemplified in the words of former President George W. Bush, “The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge -- huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” America should never forget that evil will attack good, and the
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