In Memory of Those Who Were Lost: September 11, 2001

Today, around the world, many will remember the tragedies of September 11, 2001. Some will remember where they were the morning they noticed frenzied activity on television while a grave looking reporter recapped the shocking events of the morning. Others will remember a morning in Manhattan that was unlike any other; a morning that still weighs heavily on their hearts. Some will tell their story of narrowly escaping death on that fateful day while others will pause in somber remembrance of those whom they lost.
Pundits on the left and on the right will use this anniversary to remind people of the war, their opinions on the Bush presidency, and the direction they believe America ought now to take. I think that this is ok, but only to a point.
Tomorrow, let us debate critical questions of foreign and domestic policy. Tomorrow, let us criticize or praise the efforts of the Bush administration. Tomorrow, let our politicians return to the stump, let them make their arguments, and let the debate of this healthy democracy culminate in the sort of free and fair election that makes America the greatest nation in the world.
But let today be a day of national unity. Let today be a day where we remember those common threads of tradition, values, and principles that make this nation strong even in times of great tragedy and debate. Let today be a day that each and every American is reminded of their own mortality, of the profound blessing of life, and the incredible sacrifice of the courageous.
In memory of those who have gone before us. In memory of those lost on September 11, 2001. May God have mercy on us all.