Remember the lesson of 9/11

Published 8:00 am Friday, September 11, 2009

Today we mark the eighth anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil.

Though it may seem like a distant nightmare the longer that time passes, let’s hope all Americans never forget the important lessons that came from that devastating day — Sept. 11, 2001.

Remember how Americans went out in droves to donate blood, time and service to America by signing up for the military?

Remember when President George W. Bush stood at Ground Zero and gave a speech and waved a flag?

Our patriotic spirit soared, and Americans responded by giving Bush record levels of support. His approval rating skyrocketed to more than 90 percent as all Americans — Democrat and Republican — seemed to stand behind their leader.

We became one solid American unit.

As partisan bickering has recently erupted over all corners of our great land, now seems like a good time to remember that camaraderie that was borne from tragedy.

We continue to pray for the nearly 3,000 people lost in the 9/11 attacks, as well as for the family and friends still recovering from their losses.

And we hope our leaders will come together for at least one day and celebrate the American spirit. Despite the heated and sometimes loud and ugly debates, it remains unbroken.