Cynical Synapse

Sat, 11 Sep 2010

Patriot Day: United We Stand

Filed under: Global War on Terror, holidays, Patriotism, Politics, President — cynicalsynapse @ 11:32 am

9-11-01. Never forget. Never surrender.

Controversy about the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero and so-called Dr. Jones’ threat to burn the Quran on 9/11 have overshadowed the real meaning of Patriot Day. The nature of Islam in western society is divisive. But the holiday is about remembering those lost that day and how the country came together in shared horror, grief, and resolve.

Patriot Day is about solidarity. We should stand united as we remember the 2,993 people from over 90 countries who lost their lives nine years ago today. We should stand united to honor the 5,670 US military personnel who have given their lives since 11 September 2001. Twelve of them are Michigan Army National Guardsmen. And we should stand united and resolved to prosecute the Global War on Terror until those responsible have been brought to justice or eradicated.

In his weekly radio address, Pres. Barrack Obama called on citizens to recapture the sense of common purpose we felt nine years ago. “We are one nation—one people—bound not only by grief, but by a set of common ideals.” Not doing so dishonors those who died that fateful day in 2001.

Previously on Patriot Day:

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