Remembering September 11

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  • By Ch. (Maj.) Jamie Danford
  • 908th Airlift Wing
What will you do to remember Sept. 11, 2012?

As with many things, there is no real right answer; we all remember in our own way. While we have some suggestions that have been a part of the resolution that declared this day Patriot Day back in 2002, I believe we go further. One of the things that I hope we do this day is turn our minds to patriotism. What is it? What does it look like? While this could be, and should be debated, I found a quote from Abraham Lincoln that resonated with me. He said, "I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."

In my mind patriotism is a two way street. We should not only wave the flag and proclaim our allegiance, but we should also embody those virtues that will make our place proud of us. We should embody goodness, concern, righteousness, dedication, and courage, just to name a few. We should strive to be "good" people.

Not an easy task - but as we have all learned, nothing easy is truly worth having. We will each remember this day in our own way. In addition to offering our thoughts and prayers to those who have given their lives, and those who continue to give in the conflicts born out of Sept. 11, may we dedicate ourselves to the noble values that make our country great. May we live our lives so our country is proud of us.