American was founded on the dream of our Founding Fathers, that a nation could exist where people were free to work for their own dreams and live in peace, free from the oppression of any government - including their own. They weren't a group of men acting out of hatred.
On September 11, 2001, over 3,000 Americans were murdered by a group of men who believe - to their very core - that it is their destiny and duty to their god to destroy us off the face of the earth. They still believe this, and they are still trying to destroy us. They are not fighting for freedom, they are fighting for control. They will never be negotiated with. In their book, we are going to be on the losing side of the Final Battle.
But, by the grace of God, our nation is stronger than they are, and we stand for freedom from such malicious violence. But, because standing for freedom will always make us the enemy of any world power fighting for control, we can never stop fighting for it.
Now I'm going to bring out the soap box and say a few words: We cannot shy away from securing our borders or fighting terrorism because we're afraid of offending certain groups. This isn't about legal status or freedom of religion, it's about protecting anyone and everyone living in America - What meaning do any of our Constitutional rights have, if we can't live free from fear? It is our most basic right - THAT is what peace really is. And it's JOB NUMBER ONE to secure our nation's borders and protect our citizens. Read it in the Constitution. If anyone has a problem with that, consider moving to another country.
Okay, I'm done now.
The point is, remember September 11, but most importantly, remember why our freedom is so precious - above all things that we hold dear in this life - because without it we could lose those things in an instant. That is what that day reminds us.
(This is my brother-in-law, Adam Steinmetz, who serves
as an officer in the Air Force - We are proud of you!)