Ten years after a day that changed my life, I still feel grief and horror when I recall my memories of 9-11-01. There is little that I can add to the many essays already written in commemoration. I think Peggy Noonan did the best job of explaining why this anniversary of 9-11 matters.
When the Continental Congress approved the final draft of the Declaration, its members made it clear that a war for national survival was worth fighting. Placing the blame on George III, Jefferson and his colleagues declared that “he has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.” For ten years, for better or worse we have fought a war of national survival against Al-Qaeda, an umbrella group that inspires and supports terrorists dedicated to the destruction of the United States and its citizens. We can take comfort that Osama bin-Laden, the leader of the 9-11 attacks, now faces eternal justice. As for the future of my nation —
“In the long vista of the years to roll,
Let me not see our country’s honour fade:
O let me see our land retain her soul,
Her pride, her freedom; and not freedom’s shade.”