September 11, 2004

"...And our flag was still there."

Yes, it's from Hurricane Ivan, but it fits on this day.

What I have started calling Patriot Day.

It is a day that we should mourn and remember the terrible death and destruction. But also a day where we should stand defiant against the enemies of freedom. Where we should all stand tall and proud as Americans.

A day where we can tell our children that our way of life is worth living for. That freedom is not free, but worth the high price that we all pay for it.

This is a day when we should honor the memories of the 3,000 who were brutally butchered by the Islamic terrorists who want us all to die. A day when we should stand tall. And continue to participate in the American dream. A day when politics should be set aside, so we can all stand, hand in hand, in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

I love my country. I'm proud to be an American. And there's no way in the world that any tyrant or terrorist or homicide bomber can change that.

Let history bear witness: No American has ever bowed down before a tyrant. And we're not about to start today.

A true patriot is proud of his freedom. Is proud of his liberty. Is proud of his homeland. Is proud of his people.

So while we mourn, as well we should today, we also should be proud. Proud of patriots like those who fought to create this great nation. Proud of those patriots who ran into those towers selflessly on that September morn. Proud of those patriots who fight tyranny and terror across the globe. Proud of all those patriots who stand side by side with each of us as Americans.

This is our Patriot Day.

Posted by mhking at September 11, 2004 06:05 PM

Wonderful essay, Michael.

Posted by: Fausta at September 12, 2004 09:59 AM
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