Just as the world was never the same for the U.S. generation that experienced the attack on Pearl Harbor, those of us who were alive on Sept. 11, 2001, also live in a world political climate that's been forever altered.
Before the Sept. 11, terrorist attacks, the notion of commercial airliners being purposefully flown into specific targets would have seemed preposterous to most of us. Now, no potential terrorist plot is too heinous for our imagination. Thinking the unthinkable and working to prevent it has become part of routine security precautions.
The idea that anyone could ever forget 9/11 seems ludicrous, and yet time has a way of dimming memories. Ask the wrong young person for a few salient points about what happened on Dec. 7, 1941, and one might receive nothing but a blank stare.
That's why efforts to commemorate Sept. 11 are laudable. Remembering what 9/11 was all about will help the U.S. maintain its resolve to do everything possible to stem further terrorist attacks.
Brainerd and Nisswa will each conduct ceremonies to mark the Sept. 11 tragedies. Brainerd will mark the occasion on Saturday and Nisswa will conduct its ceremony today.
The Brainerd American Legion and VFW will conduct a memorial service at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in front of the American Legion at 708 Front St. Thirty seconds of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m. the local time when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. A 30-second siren blast and a 21-gun salute will also be part of the ceremonies.
In Nisswa, students from the elementary school will take part in today's noon ceremony that will honor area police and firefighters. A fly-over by F-16s from the 147th Fighter Wing in Duluth is also scheduled.
It's been three years since the Sept. 11 attacks but terrorism continues throughout the world. The links between various terrorist groups are sometimes tenuous, but the damage they inflict on innocents continues to be a grave danger to the civilized world.
The latest terrorist incident occurred early Thursday when a bomb exploded outside the Australian Embassy killing at least eight people and wounding more than 150. Early reports indicated it was a suicide attack that employed a car bomb.
The U.S. must remain vigilant against terrorist attacks, both at home and abroad. Our enemies have clearly demonstrated they'll spare no civilians when they're ready to attack. America and its allies must be prepared to deter terrorist attacks and root out the deadly forces that continue to threaten our well-being.
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