We will remember
It will be forever marked as a day that changed our country and our lives.
Twelve years ago, just before 9 a.m., our lives and even our perception of the future changed in the blink of an eye.
But now, as we commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 there are questions over whether this day has the same meaning it did even 12 years ago.
To us, the simple answer is yes.
No matter how far removed we are from a tragedy that claimed the lives of 3,000 people in hijacks and subsequent crashes of three airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and an empty field in Shanksville, Penn. the day should always carry some remembrance to all Americans.
Following the deadliest attack on American soil since the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, ushering the nation into World War II, thousands of soldiers and their families paid a sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan to ensure Americans never have to endure another day like Sept. 11, 2001.
Aside from that, years after the attack the incident continued to claim victims in the form of first responders and others after they were exposed to ash and debris from the remains at ground zero.
Despite the best intent, the efforts to compensate victims and their families will never be enough.
And it shouldn't.
Even today, those of us who witnessed the devastating attack on our nation will never have images of planes crashing into the center point of our country's financial strength removed from our memory.
We will remember the vision of a smoldering Pentagon and the fear consuming us in thinking what was next.
We will remember the courage and dedication of the police, fire department and Port Authority that rushed in with little regard for themselves to find survivors.
We will remember those who risked their lives that will never see their families again.
We will remember the sight of those soldiers putting themselves in harms way to protect our freedoms.
We will remember the news that Osama bin Laden, the perpetrator of this horrific event, was killed.
We will also remember that, no matter what, the anguish of this day 12 years ago will remain with our nation, no matter how we try to recover.
Memorials have been constructed and continue to be to remember those who died and sacrificed on that day of terror. Across the country, firefighters and police gather to remember their brothers and sisters who gave their life in the line of duty.
The message is simple.
No matter the duration, no matter the methodology … we should never forget.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark