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I Will Not Forget

By Greg L | 10 September 2009 | Patriotism | 17 Comments

Readers looking for additional tributes may find the following of interest:

This is a repost of what I posted in 2008, and it remains just as poingant today as it did then, and the year before, and the year before that.  As time has passed, we indeed seem to be losing our collective memory about this horrible day and the challenge it poses for us even years after this horrific tragedy.  I remain committed to the fight to end terrorism like that visited upon us not so long ago, and hope you remain committed as well.  If we should waver in this battle we did not want, in this battle we still have not finished, our children will have to fight and die in this battle we did not finish.  Our parents and grandparents finished the challenges they faced, saving our generation from revisiting the trials they faced and setting the example for us that we need to live up to. 

We should do no less.  Let’s win the war on terrorism, and ensure our children never have to live through what we did.

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  1. Yet another Anon said on 11 Sep 2009 at 5:04 am:
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    Isn’t there another open day in the year for the “National Day of Service”, whatever that is? I was flipping through stations this morning and that was mentioned in lieu of what actually happened on this date. The PC head-in-the-sand types won’t be happy until it happens again.

  2. freedom said on 11 Sep 2009 at 5:59 am:
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    Absolutely agree; this is NOT a “National Day of Service,” it’s a day to solemnly remember the tragedy of eight years ago…and the grief that so many Americans suffered both then and every day since. …and at the same time, it’s a day to curse those (you fill in the word) who were responsible for that tragedy and are most surely planning a repeat. God Bless America on this day and forever.

  3. Snapped Shot said on 11 Sep 2009 at 8:20 am:
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    8 Years Later…

    I remember the horror of what happened 8 years ago today. Sitting in a quiet office in Alexandria, and suddenly having my entire world turned upside down. Hearing the horrendous “boom” when Flight 77 hit the Pentagon, and then seeing the column of …

  4. J. Tyler Ballance said on 11 Sep 2009 at 8:24 am:
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    While the attacks were unique and spectacular, Americans need to end the Post 9/11 hysteria. Here is some data to help place the deaths in perspective:


    1. Tobacco 435,000
    2. Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity 365,000
    3. Alcohol 85,000
    4. Microbial Agents 75,000
    5. Toxic Agents 55,0001
    6. Motor Vehicle Crashes 26,347
    7. Reactions to Prescription Drugs 32,000
    8. Suicide 30,622
    9. Incidents Involving Firearms 29,000
    10. Homicide 20,308
    11. Sexual Behaviors 20,000
    12. All Illicit Drug Use, 17,000
    13. Non-Steroidal Drugs Such As Aspirin 7,600
    14. Total Deaths All 9/11 Attacks 3030

  5. Not SPLC said on 11 Sep 2009 at 8:36 am:
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    J. Tyler Ballance you are an ass!!!!!!! What don’t you understand about what happened to our country on 9-11? Worry about your list on another day. Don’t diminish the pain of those who lost someone that day.

    ONCE AGAIN I HAVE TO SAY YOUR AN ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Former Officer said on 11 Sep 2009 at 8:53 am:
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    Ballance. Are you really this clueless?

  7. The Patriot (Got E-Verify???) said on 11 Sep 2009 at 11:00 am:
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    Very moving and excellent video. Should be mandatory for all people who are U.S. citizens and those that want to become U.S. citizens. We cannot tolerate any ideologies that are contrary to our Republic and our Constitution. And shame on anyone not willing to recite the pledge of allegiance to the United States of America! To these people I ask….where do your loyalties reside?

  8. Disgusted said on 11 Sep 2009 at 5:55 pm:
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    Ballance represents those that do not understand that there are people and nations out there willing to sacrifice their lives to end our nation. Ballance thinks that maybe if we just act better and not make a big deal out of 9-11, they won’t bother us. What Ballance will not admit to himself is the United States is a beacon of freedom and democracy that enrages these miscreants to kill innocents.

    We will never surrender and squander the sacrifice of the Patriots we lost that day - and the days since. One life lost to those bastards is enough to justify our commitment.

  9. Maureen said on 11 Sep 2009 at 6:49 pm:
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    God Bless America. I love this country and it tears me up to watch what happened on September 11th. Thank you to all who helped that day and the intervening months after.

  10. Anon35 said on 11 Sep 2009 at 7:53 pm:
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    Ignore un-Ballanced.
    No one can be that stupid.
    It’s an “anti” in disguise…..that fits their M.O.

  11. J. Tyler Ballance said on 12 Sep 2009 at 1:34 am:
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    I see that some have missed the point of the, Perspective post.

    As someone who has lived and worked in the Middle East, I have a deep appreciation of the mind set of those from that region who may be potential enemies of the United States. Everyone from that region does not love us, nor does everyone hate us, but those who hate our country are surely watching to see our country reacts to previous acts of terrorism.

    When they see how we continue to have a hysterical response to the attacks, rather than placing those loses into the perspective of all of the other losses of life our society endures each year, then we embolden those who may wish to stage similar or more grandiose attacks.

    Americans also must never allow the grief felt over the Attacks to convince us to allow political leaders to suspend our Constitutional protections, or to use our military power without the consent of the People.

    What I am hoping to see here in America is a course of action that places resources behind strengthening our defenses against terrorism, in sustainable programs.

    Remembering that the Attacks happened and honoring those who perished, along with those who saved lives, is appropriate, but I want our potential enemies to see us, standing tall, moving forward, strengthening our defenses, not just appearing to be still on our knees with grief.

  12. Former Officer said on 12 Sep 2009 at 3:21 pm:
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    Lousy recovery ballance.

  13. J. Tyler Ballance said on 12 Sep 2009 at 4:10 pm:
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    Anyone who studies Middle Eastern culture knows that having an annual pity party over the 9/11 attacks serves only to strengthen and embolden those who want to out-do their predecessors.

    The more we mourn, the more they dance and shoot their AK-47s into the air in celebration.

    Tangible plans to strengthen our defenses and building an even faster rapid response capability, are the sort of memorials we should be building.

  14. Citizen12 said on 12 Sep 2009 at 5:07 pm:
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    Thanks Greg. As you say we should do no less than past generations. In retrospect the past generations saw the folly of waiting to be dragged into the fight. Once engaged they saw it through to the only logical conclusion, unconditional surrender. No negotiations but the decimation of the enemy and its ideology being the only way to stop it.

    Today should be no different. It is not about putting the body count in “perspective” but recognize that the attacks on U.S. soil have pulled us into this fight.

    The folly of today is many believe we have a war on “terror”. Terror is not the enemy, it is only one of many tools our enemy is employing to achieve its objective around the world. Their objective is our submission. Period.

    We must deal effectively not only with the front line fighters, but those who work behind the scenes, the recruiters and their masterminds, the coaches, trainers and sideline cheerleaders.

    The growing complacency and eagerness for negotiations will only provide at best a temporary reprieve and leave others to do what our generation must.

  15. Disgusted said on 12 Sep 2009 at 9:24 pm:
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    If someone sucker punches you, do you get up and act like it didn’t happen? No.

  16. Anonymous said on 21 Sep 2009 at 11:03 am:
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    Balance is way too smart for this place. . .

  17. J. Tyler Ballance said on 1 Oct 2009 at 8:34 am:
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    Nobody is advocating that Americans simply forget about the now infamous attacks. Like Pearl Harbor, we must rebound stronger and better prepared.

    By ending the hysteria and by regaining a sense of proportion and perspective, our citizens will be less likely to irrationally surrender our LIBERTY to the government agencies, or to allow any government official to use the shock of the attacks to make claims like, “This changes everything…” then go about taking steps that suspend portions of our Constitution (as we witnessed during the Bush regime).

    Blubbering on and on about this, like Glenn Beck, only serves to strengthen and embolden those who would like to try to top their predecessors. Also, a continued hysterical reaction by the citizens will be used by the more ambitious politicians, of either party, to use your fears as leverage to usurp your rights and consolidate their own power.

    We see this same tactic employed by current Virginia candidates who try to scare the Sally Soccermoms into voting for them, claiming that they (the politicians) will protect your children from, “predators.” Nevermind that such crimes are among the most rare, but the politicians have focus group data that show that pushing those emotional buttons will win the irrational support of the Soccermoms.

    So, try to make a sober assessment of what happened and where we now are. A major landmark was destroyed, another building damaged and 3,030 were killed. We now must get a grip on reality, resolve to take affirmative steps to strengthen our offensive and defensive capabilities, but never compromise the core protections to our citizens provided by our Constitution.

    Or, you can continue to seek some sort of group hug, then see where that gets you.

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