It started as any early fall work day like any other. It would end in shock, dismay, deep sorrow and a nation united in anger. Like December 7, 1941, 9/11/01 was a day forever imprinted on the history books of the United States. It is a day we should never forgive, never forget and the very reason why we as Americans should never, ever surrender. We cannot allow the world to be ruled by the likes of Usama Bin Laden and his gang of murderers, and we owe that much to our children and all who follow after us.
This is a sports site, and we gather here to talk about the teams we love, and from time to time, to hurl barbs at the teams and schools we don’t. That’s fine, and it is part of the American spirit. But one thing we need to remember is that another part of the American spirit is that those very same fans of the schools we don’t might end up in a foxhole in some remote corner of God-Knows-Where next to our own. There, we are all on the same team. That’s more important than any sport, any game, and any rivalry. We’re all Americans first and foremost, and part of a huge family. When someone messes with a family member – any family member – all rush to their aid, and woe be to the trespasser. That is the most important part of being an American — in this, we are all in together, all of us.
Today, however, I ask you to say a prayer for the victims of 9/11, but also for their families, the soldiers who gave all in the wars that 9/11 sparked and their families too. I also ask you to think of our brave men and women who continue to fight for our country, and not only them, but their children too. And finally, to do a little something somewhere to give our soldiers a little aid and comfort while they are overseas. If you feel like suggesting a worthy idea in the comments, please do so.
But most of all, never forget and never, ever, ever surrender.