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We said we’d never forget, remember?

THE ANCHORAGE DAILY PLANET

Eighteen years ago today, terrorists upended our world.

Nothing has been the same since they piloted hijacked jetliners into bloody infamy, murdering nearly 3,000 men, women and children as the planes they had hijacked crashed into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon and an empty field near Shankville, Pa.

In the bloody years since, the United States has spilled blood and treasure battling terrorists in faraway places. Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and brushfire wars in countless back alleys around the world have cost us thousands of our best and brightest.

Yet, the fight is far from over. At some point, Americans – even our leadership – will come to understand there is evil in the world and people who not only mean us harm, but mean to destroy us. When we fight them and leave them able to continue, as we have done in Iraq and Afghanistan, they do what can be expected – they change, they adapt, they continue the bloodshed.

But today is a day for remembering those who died on that horrific day in September some 18 years ago. The United States is pausing today. Americans are ringing bells, observing moments of silence, listening as the names of the dead from that fateful morning are read aloud. We remember where we were and what we were doing on the fateful morning.

In 2013, we wrote on 9/11: “All these years later, America has changed. Security has become paramount. We have engaged in two wars, though the world seems less safe. Yet, this nation continues, unbeaten, thriving in the face of adversity. Despite it all, this nation has shown a resilience, a strength, a resolve since the cowardly attack on that chaotic day so long ago, that sets it apart. But it also has shown compassion and a willingness to share its dream of a better world.”

Not much has changed and the fight goes on.

As Americans, we must stand together to defeat any threat to our country and our children’s futures.

God bless the innocents, the cops, the firefighters and the soldiers who have given their lives in the fight to keep us free. God bless America – and never forget.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Yeah, we said that. Sadly, many folks only remember it 1 day a year. Some don’t even know what day it is. Remember when we all flew United States flags and were one as a nation? Remember when we ran out and bought guns to protect our families? Remeber when we went worldwide tracking this idiot that did this thing that made the likes of even Oly North lie awake at night? Many of us bought gas masks and hazmat suits, stocked supplies. Remember Pat Tillman? Remember Rudy and Bush II? Just remember people, the next time you want to open our borders like Hillary and others do. Remember who might be coming home to roost….or is already here.

    • Greg your 100% correct it’s called the Patriot ACT…

      • Yeah, those traffic cameras aren’t just for catching red light runners.

  • Obviously by the lack of interest, many did in fact forget. When the next terrorist flies a 737 up your she shed, don’t come bawling up to me.

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