Cumberland Times-News

September 10, 2013

Sept. 11, 2001

Another date that America must remember

Cumberland Times-News

— Americans have long memories ... some of us do, anyway. Others, we wonder about.

Certain dates stick in our minds: Dec. 7, 1941 — what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt described as “a date which will live in infamy,” because it was the date that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and ushered America into World War II.

We also remember June 6, 1944, because it was the date of the D-Day landings at Normandy, and the date that led to the beginning of the end of World War II.

June 20, 1969, was the date that American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, and Armstrong took “one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

There are other dates we must remember, including Sept. 11, 2001 — the date nearly 3,000 Americans and citizens of other countries died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and in the Flight 93 jetliner that brave passengers took back from hijackers and crashed into a field at Shanksville, Pa.

 Like Dec. 7, it too was a date which will live in infamy because it launched the War on Terror. Unlike World War II, we can’t see an ending to it.

We have more than one reason to remember Sept. 11, because it was a year ago today that terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and killed four Americans: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods and injured 10 other people.

At one time, an attack on an American embassy was considered an act of war, but to date, little has been done about this one.

The administration first said it was an attack provoked by a YouTube video, but that was soon proven to be wrong. At least some of our leaders seem to hope that Benghazi will go away, but we doubt that it will.

Many Americans, as we said, have long memories.

Another date to remember is Nov. 11 because it was at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 that the armistice was signed that ended World War I. Today, we remember Nov. 11 as Veterans Day.

For us, every day is Veterans Day. When you meet those who are veterans, or who are serving on active duty, please thank them for their service. We remain free because of them and their brothers and sisters who served before them.