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Remember that pride we had after 9/11

To the editor:

Twenty years ago, as a nation was getting ready for the day, nineteen hijackers decided to test the very fiber of the American spirit. They thought their planned attack would bend and break the spirit of America. But, they were wrong.

I believe most of everyone can remember where they were on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. I know I can. We American citizens could only watch in horror; however, something that day united us. We watched as four planes were taken over by mindless people and destroyed in a matter of minutes. We saw two planes crash into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a plane striking the Pentagon and one plane going down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

There is one thing that I would like to say to the families of the victims that fell that day. I and many others have not forgotten, nor will we forget. So many good people, American people, fell. They fell for what? Ignorance? Regardless, their sacrifices made the American people believe in a sense of American pride, and we banded together to make sure to those who were responsible to justice.

To the brave men and women of the fire, police, and medical departments who lost members, and valiantly worked to restore the city and our country, we American citizens owe them a debt of gratitude. A debt that I think that we will never be able to repay. As American citizens and members of different countries, we should not forget the motto “Never Forget.” Let us remember the American pride that was shown in the following days after the attacks. Let us show that the same pride today and express it now moving forward to make the world a better place.

God bless the victims of the terror attacks; God bless the families, and God bless America.

Aaron Wilson

Vice President

Lewistown Borough Council

Let’s step back and work for the good of America

To the editor:

Today, we observe the 20th anniversary of the attack on the United States. It is time to remember who we are and for what we stand. I am old enough to remember the withdrawl of the U.S. from Vietnam and now I am experiencing a similar withdrawl from Afghanistan.

Nevertheless, past experience would suggest that continued discourse regarding real or perceived political wrongs is contra-productive and divides us.

I would like to suggest that we all, despite our emotional or learned positions, step back and see how best we can work together or independently for the good of America here at home.

Carol A. Baker

Lewistown

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