Today is the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. It is the first commemoration since President George W. Bush left office. But even while he was still President there had been a creeping complacency to the remembrance, a feeling of obligation bordering on inconvenience.
Our news networks only show the photo images of that fateful day on the anniversary date. It is as if America wants to move on, but can’t bring itself to ignore the hole that’s still at Ground Zero, the charred corner stone at the Pentagon, the memorial at Shanksville or the war that’s still going on against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan and around the world.
9/11 has affected us as no other event in our life histories and we will never forget the carnage and death launched against the United States by these cowards. But what we should also remember and celebrate are the genuine acts of courage and service that have been on-going by our armed forces, law enforcement agencies and first responders who have dedicated their lives for the protection ours. On this day, all of us at Choclatique do remember and want to give a word of thanks to these men and women—American heroes all.