You see, yesterday, September 11th, was a day to reflect (or mourn) on what this nation and its people went through during and following the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. This year seemed to be especially significant in our house has my two oldest daughters are now old enough to either grasp the reality of what happened before they were born or old enough to comprehend what the flag means to this nation and the sacrifices that have been made for it.
The 9/11 attacks were, without a doubt, a horrendous act undertake by a specific terrorist organization. Since 2001 the United States has been at war in the name of anti-terrorism while many of our Sailors, Soldiers, and Marines have perished. Right or wrong, that’s not a call I can make.
When the buildings in New York fell, the force of the steel and concrete hitting the ground seemed to have instantly swung an invisible pendulum far to one side. While sitting idle in the middle for many years this pendulum represented equality within our boarders for all religions and their followers. Though equal rights for others have since changed, the point of this is the melting pot of religion that the U.S. had embraced for many years prior to 2001. Again, on this date, the center-lined pendulum swung and has yet to return.
I serve in the Coast Guard for many reasons; however, none of those reasons are to see people, citizens of the United States or otherwise, being treated as lesser people. It matters not to me what religion anyone practices nor their ethnicity or sexual orientation. I truly believe that people have the right to say what they will and do what they will so long as it’s not harming others. However, when people (“friends”) try to use September 11th, Patriot Day, as a soap box against other people, well, they’ve gone too far. They’re not the people I thought they were.
A friend of mine posted this yesterday with a heap of sarcasm:
I had no idea that honoring the fallen involved anti-Muslim Memes and Middle Eastern themed political debates.
So many eager little eulogy writers today.
It’s so cute…
Those of you who used yesterday to show your hate, your ignorance, or disrespect should be ashamed of yourself. Especially those who are, or were, wearing the uniform. I’m sure you stated at one time or another, while in the service, that you joined the military to defend the rights of this Great Nation AND its citizens. If you wrote or verbally spat upon another group yesterday, especially U.S. citizens, regardless of their race or religion, then you’ve failed as an equal member of the United States. And I’m sorry to have called you a friend, of any kind.