Strong men also cry.
9/11 ... It's been five years.
Do you remember? What do you remember?
As is likely true for you, I can still remember vividly how and when I first learned of the attacks of September 11, 2001. I was glued to BBC News for what seemed like days.
I remember that day, a Tuesday, thinking, "Is Dallas next?" I remember folks being afraid to go to the mall or a sporting event or really anywhere where large quantities of people would be.
I also remember the tradition rich Aggies honoring the victims and helping their families by selling t-shirts to adorn the stadium with red, white, & blue (pictures: 1 2 3), one of my greatest experiences of Aggie pride. I remember Hall of Famer Jack Buck, the long time voice of the St. Louis Cardinals, stirring my emotions once again as he read an inspirational poem he wrote before the first Cardinals game post-9/11 (one of ESPN's top 100 memorable moments of the last 25 years).
But, I remember day, weeks, or maybe more that I was leary of getting the mail due to antrax findings. I remember the heightened security and even greater angst than usual as I boarded a plane for a mission trip to Germany less than a month later. We wanted to talk about Christ with the German people, but they wanted to talk about the terrorist attacks and how we had their support and sympathy.
In some ways, I think our nation was improved by the tragedy, but, as Merlin said, "It is the doom of men that they forget." For many of us life is back to normal, though we're a little more aware and cautious. However, the events of 9/11 are still very real for our service men and women overseas.
This generation's Day of Infamy is not forgotten. Let us not forget our troops who are still very much in harm's way.
I'll leave you with the words of Jack Buck's poem, his reading of which was re-broadcast at Busch Stadium in St. Louis tonight before their game against the disAstros.
Since this nation was founded ... under GodMany thanks to those who are, who have, or will be fighting that our children and grandchildren might enjoy such a future.
More than 200 years ago
We have been the bastion of freedom
The light that keeps the free world aglow
We do not covet the possessions of others
We are blessed with the bounty we share.
We have rushed to help other nations
... anything ... anytime ... anywhere.
War is just not our nature
We won't start ... but we will end the fight
If we are involved we shall be resolved
To protect what we know is right.
We have been challenged by a cowardly foe
Who strikes and then hides from our view.
With one voice we say, "There is no choice today,
There is only one thing to do.
Everyone is saying -- the same thing -- and praying
That we end these senseless moments we are living.
As our fathers did before ... we shall win this unwanted war
And our children ... will enjoy the future ... we'll be giving.