Political posts are not the sort of thing I do over here at My Punks Mom, but if there is a great cause… well then that is a whole different story. This post is about being an American, setting aside all party affiliations and honoring those who have been valiant. So if you’re interested in honoring valiant American men and women… read on.
Last night, my beloved and I attended an event where President Bill Clinton discussed the William J. Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative in a Distinguished Lecture presentation at West Texas A&M University’s First United Bank Center. President Clinton came to town to thank the university for their donation to the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, PA whose first phase was dedicated last November. In that dedication at Shanksville, President Bush reminded us that “humanity is what matters most” and “that evil is real and so is courage and that love can triumph over all.” In his speech last night President Clinton compared the heroes of Flight 93 to the Spartans defeated at Thermopylae and the soldiers at the Alamo. They all knew were going to die, and went through with their valiant efforts anyway. The only difference is that the heroes of Flight 93 were CITIZENS, not SOLIDERS. The passengers and crew of Fight 93 woke up that morning and had no idea what awaited them, but they acted valiantly anyway.
These were valiant heroes. These were people who for that day were not Democrats or Republicans… they were Americans. These are Americans who deserved to be honored, forever, with their own National Memorial.
Last night, I felt such a sense of honor to be an American and to hear the passion and appreciation with which our former president spoke about the passengers and crew of Flight 93. September 11, 2001 will never feel like history to me. It is with us every day. The world changed that day, but I like to focus on what President Bush said… “Evil is real, but so is courage.” For me, hope lies within courage and that, I can do. I can hope, I can have courage, and I can love… and those are the things that will overcome evil.
If you are interested in learning more or donating to the Fight 93 National Monument, you can visit them on the web at http://www.honorflight93.org/
With hope, courage and love,