Where we were

I was sitting in a third grade classroom when we got the news that President John Kennedy had been shot.

I was walking through a college campus when I learned John Hinckley shot President Reagan.

And I was driving home from morning car pool that awful September 11th, six years ago.

The moments you remember may be different ones, but we all have events that stick in our mind. I dare say most Americans can tell you where they were when they learned jetliners had crashed into the Twin Towers. We remember these events because in one way or another they change our lives. The death of President Kennedy brought Camelot and a certain age of innocence to a close. The shooting of President Reagan reminded us that, unfortunately, violent events had become somewhat routine. And 9/11, 2001 robbed many Americans of a trust that because we are Americans we are safe.

But on this day we remember the victims of that horrible terrorist act, we can also be thankful. We can be thankful that Americans pulled together to help one another in our worst time of need. We can be thankful that no matter how much partisan bickering over 9/11 and the war in Iraq goes on in Washington, ultimately, our leaders do have our best interests at heart.
Most of all, we can be thankful that, perhaps by the grace of God, we have not been attacked again.

I will take a moment on this day to remember those who died, their families, friends, co-workers and others who were left devastated. And I will also take a moment to bow my head in thanks for the many blessings we have, simply because we live in America.


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