I’m watching the local news, which is providing heavy coverage of the Pentagon and the ceremony planned for later this morning. Apparently President Bush has declared today Patriot’s Day and requests that flags be displayed at half-staff.

It’s hard to believe a year’s passed already. My wife and I got back from our honeymoon through Dulles at 10:30pm 9/10/01, which makes us feel both fortunate and rather sad. I didn’t personally know anyone who died that day, but I knew enough friends of friends to make it a personal event.

I still get emotional when I think about what happened that day, or when I see footage of the attacks. I feel fear, which sends trembles through my body. Fear turns to sadness and tears well up in my eyes as I think of the lives disrupted that day. I start to tremble, but before I can cry my sadness turns to anger. Rage, actually, that someone would kill innocent people in order to defy our government. Sometimes, tears fall. I want to help somehow, beyond just writing a check or volunteering in my community. I want to jump in and throttle the terrorists myself. It’s frustrating to know that thousands of patriots DIED and that I can’t do anything to avenge them. I don’t even know them, but I want to remember them forever. They probably never thought of themselves as heroes or martyrs, but now they are. And I want to avenge them.

Guys, we live in a great country. Let’s all take a minute today to remember the tragedy of last year…the regular folks like us who paid the price of our freedom.

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