As we take a little breather until the next Honor Flights on October 3rd, let us all take a moment to reflect on today — the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. It was a horrible day in many aspects even though it started out as a normal workday with crystal blue skies above. The lose of life in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, PA was tremendous and totally unexpected by the American public. As bad as that day was, it re-ignited the patriotic spirit of America. People bonded together as neighbors and as countrymen. Flags flew on building and houses like never before and quickly sold out in stores.
Today, as on every day that we greet our veterans at Dulles Airport, take a moment to think about those before us who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives whether on a battlefield or an innocent victim. Their lives were cut short and we shouldn’t forget them. We should also make sure that our children understand — and respect — those sacrifices.