In remembrance of the horrendous attack of 9/11 and the police officers and firefighters who lost their lives on that fatal day of September 11, 2001.
On a never-forgotten Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, when America was unsure what was happening but believed it was under terrorist attack, an American Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the north tower of World Trade Center in New York City at 8:45 EST. The impact left a burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more on higher floors.
Just 18 minutes later, a second Boeing 767, United Airlines Flight 175, appeared out of the sky and crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center’s 60th floor.
We have known for 13 years that the attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations, who had lived in the United States for more than a year and had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schools, many of them in the state of Florida. Some of them had been in the state of Nevada, coming from Canada. While the FBI intercepted some of them when they landed a private plane at McCarran Airport, they considered them to be protestors for abortion clinics in Las Vegas and sent them back without any investigation whatsoever.
The destruction at the hands of those who attacked the Twin Towers was not over. At 9:45 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters, killing 125 military personnel and civilians, along with the 64 people aboard the plane.
More than 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center, including 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers trying to complete an evacuation and save the lives of workers trapped on higher floors.
Almost 10,000 others were treated for injuries, many severe. Thirty or forty minutes later, a United Flight 93 California-bound plane was hijacked after leaving Newark International Airport in New Jersey. The passengers fought the four hijackers and are suspected to have attacked the cockpit with a fire extinguisher. The plane then flipped over and sped toward the ground at upwards of 500 miles per hour, crashing in a rural field in western Pennsylvania. All 45 people aboard were killed.
On that fateful and death-filled day of September 11, 2001, then President George W. Bush said, “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”
We hope President Obama realizes that unless he secures the borders many other terrorists will continue to come for the destruction of this nation and that those known to his administration that harbor them are living in our backyard.
On this anniversary of that horrific tragedy, we have to take time off to remember those who lost their life, their families who still mourn their death, and keep a clear view of who the perpetrators were and where they are now.
We need to keep our eyes open; before we open our own or our country’s doors to strangers, before we open our borders to others, we need to make sure that our enemies are outside and not able to get in through some other side. We need to be vigilant about those who would destroy our country — they could easily be on the other side of the border.
On this anniversary of the September 11 attack, we have to be strong and not allow our generosity and our soft hearts to make us blind, allowing for another tragic day like that one of thirteen years ago.
It is the American way to welcome others to this nation of freedom and democracy, but we should not let our guard down; we need to reinforce our common sense and realize that there are many Little Red Riding Hoods on the outside, using their innocent facades to cover up the truth that their masquerade is concealing the wolves that they really are.
We would like to welcome all those who want to come here to have a better life for themselves and their families, with a bright future, but we have to keep the wolves out for the safety of both the newcomers and ourselves.
Let’s all remember that devastating day; let’s all keep those innocent lives that were lost that day in our hearts and in our minds; let’s pray for them and for us not to be witnesses — ever — to another day like that one. The enemy may already be within, but let’s do all we can to not brazenly let the enemy through our gates. It is up to us to help protect this land we love.