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Importance of 9/11 should not be forgotten

September 11, 2012
The Mining Journal

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. And while we realize that it's an odd year - versus, for example, the first or fifth or 10th - we are rather underwhelmed by the amount of activity planned locally.

And it isn't just here or just this year. Yes, lots of commemorative events took place one year ago on the 10th anniversary. But not for the eighth or ninth, or the 11th.

And given the importance of the day, that's troubling.

It's been stated that the terrorist activities constitute the modern version of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, an event that plunged the United States into a global war.

We think that's an appropriate comparison, given what's happened over the years since.

All of that said, it's easy, with our busy lives and schedules, to overlook this day. Going forward, as more years come between then and now, we sincerely hope that doesn't happen.

We should not forget that more than 3,000 innocent Americans died on American soil that day for no reason other than they were American.

We should not forget the thousands and thousands more wearing the U.S. military uniform who have fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We should not forget that while many of us may not have voted for President George Bush or supported his policies, we are all Americans and in this together.

And together we can prevail in this fight against global terrorism and anarchy.



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