The Wednesday Read

Just because some people are fueled by drama doesn’t mean you have to attend the performance. ― Cheryl Richardson

These topics caught my attention in the last 24 hours:

  • Patriot Day
  • Political Robocalls
  • John Bolton
  • Donald Trump/Jonathan Carl

PATRIOT DAY:

Today (September 11) is Patriot Day. Patriot Day was established on December 18, 2001.

Public Law 107–89
107th Congress
Joint Resolution
Amending title 36, United States Code, to designate September 11 as Patriot Day.

Whereas on September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four civilian
aircraft, crashing two of them into the towers of the World Trade
Center in New York City, and a third into the Pentagon outside
Washington, D.C.;

Whereas the fourth hijacked aircraft crashed in southwestern
Pennsylvania after passengers tried to take control of the aircraft
in order to prevent the hijackers from crashing the aircraft into
an important symbol of democracy and freedom;

Whereas these attacks were by far the deadliest terrorist attacks
ever launched against the United States, killing thousands of
innocent people; and

Whereas in the aftermath of the attacks the people of the United
States stood united in providing support for those in need: Now,
therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. DESIGNATION OF SEPTEMBER 11 AS PATRIOT DAY.

Let us never forget 9/11.

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September 11

Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us. –U.S. Senator John Kerry

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Today we take a moment to remember September 11, 2001. It seems just yesterday that our country was attacked – but it has been 17 years.

On that day I remember staring at the television in shock. When the second plane hit the World Trade Center, I hoped and prayed that it was a replay of the first plane hitting it. It wasn’t. I hoped like many folks that the whole thing was just a dream. It wasn’t.

At that time I worked for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns in Great Falls, Montana, and I was scheduled to attend a meeting the morning of September 11 at Malmstrom Air Force Base. As I showed my ID to at the base gate, a breaking news alert came on my car radio saying a plane had hit the Pentagon – my Pentagon – our Pentagon. My thoughts shifted to friends and former colleagues who worked there.

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Never Forget

If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate. —Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pa., in 2002

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Today we take a moment to remember September 11, 2001. It seems just yesterday that our country was attacked – but it has been 16 years.

On that day I remember staring at the television in shock. When the second plane hit the World Trade Center, I hoped and prayed that it was a replay of the first plane hitting it. It wasn’t. I hoped like many folks that the whole thing was just a dream. It wasn’t.

At that time I worked for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns in Great Falls, Montana, and I was scheduled to attend a meeting the morning of September 11 at Malmstrom Air Force Base. As I showed my ID to at the base gate, a breaking news alert came on my car radio saying a plane had hit the Pentagon – my Pentagon – our Pentagon. My thoughts shifted to friends and former colleagues who worked there.

As a former security specialist with the Air Force, when I departed the meeting an hour or so later to head back to my office I saw a change in security procedures at the base that I had never seen before – and I knew that our country had changed. We had been attacked and we were now on our highest alert.

Many things have changed since those horrific attacks. Our country came together and united in the fight against terrorism. I remember our elected officials – Republicans and Democrats – in Washington standing on the Capitol steps that evening and singing, “God Bless America.” We stood in defiance against terrorism. Americans were united. We found heroes in the first responders and those who performed acts of bravery on that day.

Yes, it’s been 16 years and our memories are somewhat faded now. As a Nation, we must always remember the events of September 11, 2001.

God Bless America.

 

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The Sunday Message – September 11

If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate. —Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pa., in 2002

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The following column has been slightly edited from a previous column…

Today we take a moment to remember September 11, 2001. It seems just yesterday that our country was attacked – but it has been 15 years.

On that day I remember staring at the television in shock. When the second plane hit the World Trade Center, I hoped and prayed that it was a replay of the first plane hitting it. It wasn’t. I hoped like many folks that the whole thing was just a dream. It wasn’t.

At that time I worked for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns in Great Falls, Montana, and I was scheduled to attend a meeting the morning of September 11 at Malmstrom Air Force Base. As I showed my ID to at the base gate, a breaking news alert came on my car radio saying a plane had hit the Pentagon – my Pentagon – our Pentagon. My thoughts shifted to friends and former colleagues who worked there.

As a former security specialist with the Air Force, when I departed the meeting an hour or so later to head back to my office I saw a change in security procedures at the base that I had never seen before – and I knew that our country had changed. We had been attacked and we were now on our highest alert.

Many things have changed since those horrific attacks. Our country came together and united in the fight against terrorism. I remember our elected officials – Republicans and Democrats – in Washington standing on the Capitol steps that evening and singing, “God Bless America.” We stood in defiance against terrorism. Americans were united. We found heroes in the first responders and those who performed acts of bravery on that day.

Yes, it’s been 15 years and our memories are somewhat faded now. As a Nation, we must always remember the events of September 11, 2001.

God Bless America…

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Just Yesterday…

Today we take a moment to remember September 11, 2001.  It seems just yesterday that our country was attacked – but it has been 11 years.

On that day I remember staring at the television in shock.  When the second plane hit the World Trade Center, I hoped and prayed that it was a replay of the first plane hitting it.  It wasn’t.  I hoped like many folks that the whole thing was just a dream.  It wasn’t.

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