Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy September 11th! 

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday today. I'd just like to urge you, in between beers and burgers, to take a moment to remember the heroes who died to make your barbecue possible.

Six years ago today, on September 11, 2001, our nation was born in a sudden explosion of ecstatic violence. Before that perfect, cloudless morning, our collective independence was still in doubt. But because so many people were able to be killed when airplanes crashed into their places of work, our nation was able to lift itself up and announce to the world that a new birth of freedom had occurred.

Today we celebrate the freedom born on that September day six years ago. And we celebrate joyfully, in the way that only Americans can--with beer, grilled meat, fried potato chips, ground beef patties, and perhaps a few summery cocktails for the ladies. Such feasts are indeed our national contribution to the grand historical procession of human achievements.

But as you enjoy your American sandwiches, please take a moment to remember those whose ultimate sacrifices made this September 11th possible.


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