Sept. 11: Never forget

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 11, 2003

Today marks the second anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Since that time our country has entered into armed conflict with both Afghanistan and Iraq in the pursuit of terrorism.

American men and women have put their lives on the line fighting for freedom, not only our own, but the freedom of people across the globe.

It is only proper we remember those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 9, 2001, and remember the men and women who have died and are still in harm’s way.

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We thank you. And we’re not the only ones.

Students across the city are planning observances of Sept. 11. At Clark Elementary School students will gather by the flagpole at 10 a.m. wearing red, white and blue ribbons as they remember victims of the terrorist attacks.

Students at Selma High School will pay their respects with an ROTC exercise around the flag as the high school band and chorale perform patriotic songs.

Meadowview Elementary School, The School of Discovery and Byrd Elementary School all have plans to observe the tragedy that befell America two years ago today.

The school children of today are the members of our armed forces tomorrow. It’s not only fitting our schools recognize the era of terror we all live in today, but also the men and women who help us cope with this new age.

It’s not just the armed forces, but also the firefighters, police officers and host of countless others who ensure we live in a safe environment.

Sept. 11 is a day of sorrow for all of us, but it’s also one of thanks and remembrance. We offer our appreciation to those who work every day to make this country what it is today.

Keep up the good work.