We Will Not Forget

Hi Everyone-

Today is the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil. Please, as you wake up today, take some time, especially around 7:30AM Central, to remember the men and women who died that day and their families. Please take a moment to remember the selflessness of those first responders and also of the selfishness of those who incorrectly thought they could bring America to her knees that sunny day in September, 2001. Take some time to remember how you felt on 9/11, but more importantly, how you felt on 9/12. Terrorists may have taken a cheap swipe at America, but what they couldn’t have known is the resolve of the American people and that they would face that resolve for the next fifteen years, and beyond. Pledge to talk to your children about 9/11. Pledge to never forget. A couple of years ago, I was up late one night thinking about 9/11 and I came up with this. Feel free to share it, if you’re so inclined.

An American’s Pledge

From the sailing of the Mayflower,
And the vision of Jefferson, Madison, and Franklin,
To the leadership of Washington and victory at Yorktown,
I pledge to remember.
From the bloody battles at Antietam and Bull Run,
And the shores of Normandy and the jungles of Vietnam,
To the race for the moon and Reagan’s hand in felling The Wall,
I pledge to remember.
From the devastation on 9/11 and the resolve on 9/12,
And the courage and sacrifice of a particular seven at Takur Ghar,
To those who will stand firm and never concede the fight,
I pledge to remember.

Courtney Rankin

Unfortunately, my email, from now on, must be extended to include yet another 9/11 tragedy, and that is the unanswered murder of four Americans at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on 9/11/12. While tempers can sometimes flare with this situation, and I also have an overwhelmingly strong opinion about this event, I would prefer to focus my thoughts on those four dead Americans and their families. This is an event that I will never forget and it will be very difficult for me to forgive. I will pledge to talk to my children about this one as well. I will pledge to make sure I remember the names of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods. I will pledge to remember the lies that have been told and the families who are left suffering.

I encourage each of you to do your own research on this one. Dig deep, and deeper still, and ask those who have studied it what they think, and if you have not yet already developed a strong emotion or opinion about it, then I hope that your digging will do just that. For me, outrage doesn’t begin to cover the way I feel about the events in Benghazi and the subsequent story that unfolded here in the U.S. about the events in Benghazi.

And so with that said, please, everyone, fly your American flags high (assuming you’re American or in the U.S.), strengthen your resolve, and take a moment to remember the events of this day in history, both as 9/11 and as Benghazi, and if you’re of the praying sort, that couldn’t hurt either.

Thanks everyone, and enjoy your weekend-


Rockin’ Madison Rising rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

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