Dear America, do you remember what you were doing on July 4th, 2001?
As I think back, I have absolutely no clue where I was that day or what I was doing. I was a Police Officer at the time, so most likely I was working; out spreading the holiday joy. I expect most people don’t remember that day either.
Jump ahead to September 11th, we all sure as $&!# remember what we were doing and where we were on that day! I was in Police Dispatch getting angrier by the minute and later heartbroken at the totality of the loss. I’ll never forget that.
In January of this year, we went to NYC and to the new World Trade Center.
It is beautiful and represents to me and the world, the resilience of our great Country as NYC rose from the ashes. The American people got kicked hard that day in 2001 but came back stronger and twice as determined to defeat those who would seek to do us harm and deny us life and liberty.
This July 4th, I know exactly where I’m at and what I’m doing. Celebrating our Great Nation’s Birthday and to quote a part of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address ” we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”.
Happy 4th of July!