The last two years at this same time the paper published the article below that I had titled “Never Forget.” As we approach the 16h Anniversary of September 11th, 2001, I am submitting this article for re-print. As long as the paper will publish it I will submit it each year because Never Forget means Never Forget...
Do you remember where you were and what you were doing? I do as if it were yesterday.
At the time I was the Deputy Chief for the Osage Beach Fire Protection District. I was in the office early that morning preparing for a final meeting with the Shootout Committee from the race we had just completed a week or so prior. My office phone rang and on the other end was Debbie Gainey, the wife of Captain Don Gainey, asking if I had the TV on. I immediately went upstairs to the day room and could not believe what I was seeing -- the North Tower of the Trade Center burning. We were all watching in disbelief when across the screen flew United Airlines Flight 175 into the South Tower...
Over the years I have seen events that have bothered me, but nothing like this. I remember that night sitting on my couch at home watching the news and for the first time in my life actually being afraid. What has society come to and how could we ever feel safe again?
I still do not have the answer to that question and in many ways all of our lives have changed due to that fateful day 15 years ago. This attack took more than brick and mortar, it took our sense of security within our own borders, it made once trusting people now question their fellow citizens of another culture. This attack shook us to our core and the wounds are still present today.
Every year on September 11 we hear the phrase “Never Forget.” While in our minds we know what this phrase means, in our hearts what should it really mean?
Never Forget: Those innocent lives lost
Never Forget: The families who still suffer this loss today
Never Forget: The Police and Fire Fighters who sacrificed their life that day to save others
Never Forget: The Military Men and Women who have fought for Justice and;
Never Forget: Those who still fight today, both home and abroad, in an effort to:
PROTECT YOU
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY
PROTECT YOUR FREEDOM
Do you remember where you were and what you were doing? My hope is that you always will.