Last night, with the news Osama bin Laden had been killed by US Special Forces, I was reminded of these words from President Bush’s speech to a join t session of Congress immediately following the terrorist attacks of 9/11:
“Tonight we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.” ~ George W. Bush, September 20, 2001
On September 10, 2001 Lisa Fenn Gordenstein slipped a note under her husbands office door. A note about attitude which speaks volumes on freedom without even mentioning the word. The next morning she boarded American Airlines flight 11. At 08:46 the aircraft crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Lisa Fenn Gordenstein was one of the first to pay the price of freedom that day. But her spirit and her attitude will be the last to perish from this great nation she left behind that bright blue morning in September.
“Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do…It will make or break a company, a church, a home.” – Charles Swindoll
The mentors of those who attacked our country on September 11, 2001 have said that America’s greatness is out of all proportion to the greatness of its people. But I would say they do not truly understand either America or Greatness.
I say the greatness of our county comes only from the greatness of its people. People made great though great ideals, ideals that were only achieved thought great sacrifice.
And greatness achieved in this way can never be diminished by hatred or intolerance or cowardly acts.
For this day shall not be remembered for the evil that was so violently poured out upon us but for the love, the courage, and the unity that gripped all Americans that September morning seven years ago today.