Saturday, September 11, 2010

Nine Years

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1776.

Today, we remember those who were lost nine years ago. The terrorists took these towers and these lives, but they did not and cannot take our liberty. They cannot change what it means to be an American. Only we can do that. We are far better able than any terrorist to limit, bind and suppress ourselves and our ideals. Exercise your freedom. Follow your dreams. Seek and enjoy the benefits of wealth, education and opportunity that are found and made in this great nation -- a nation founded not on ethnicity or religion but on Jefferson's bold statement of self evident truths. Remember today those that were lost, and remember that the greatest statement we can make as Americans is to carry on, and to seek excellence and achieve greatness as Americans uniquely do and historically have. Our ideas are bigger and better than theirs.

(picture taken on the Statue of Liberty ferry, March 1988)

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