Today is the anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies in the history of mankind.
On Sept. 11, 2001, planes piloted by terrorists took down two skyscrapers in New York City.
Rudy Giuliani mentioned the seven-year-old tragedy during the Republican National Convention as he gave his keynote address Sept. 3.
I remember exactly where I was that fateful day when I first heard about the attacks on our country.
I was in high school, and I remember walking into my math class only to see my teacher, a New York native, sobbing as images of what had transpired flickered on a television screen at the front of the room.
I remember going home that day and discussing the event with my father.
Neither of us knew what to expect as the fallout from the attack on our country on our soil.
Of course, we all know now that war was declared and soldiers were sent overseas to combat those evildoers who made up the terrorist network responsible for the loss of American lives within our borders.
I don’t support the war because I think it might have been a little misdirected and not quite aimed at the most pertinent and responsible entities and countries.
Maybe victory is truly at hand with that situation, but I don’t know.
I haven’t been there, so I can’t say for sure one way or the other.
In any event, I do support our troops that are over there.
They afford people like me the ability to exercise the freedoms I hold most dear.
So no matter what else you do today, I urge you to take a moment to reflect upon what happened seven years ago and where we are today.
Make sure the appropriate things are the most important as you live life to the very fullest.
Don’t worry about the petty and inconsequential things. Let love, happiness, family and friends be the issues that concern you.
And just as we all did in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, cling tight to your country and all it stands for.
It is the best one in the world, even if we are losing a brewery to a Belgian company.