There’s this scarf that I’ve owned for several years.  I remember buying it at the same department store where I worked at the time.  Its red white and blue in a pattern of American flags on it.  Originally, it was meant for Memorial Day, or Independence Day, I don’t recall which.  But I’ve actually worn it every year on this day, since the year 2001.

It has now been eight years since that brutal attack on our country, and it makes the most logical sense for people to move on, which is what we have done for the most part.  It is important to be able to move on instead of remaining still.  However, remembrance is more important.  We cannot move on, and learn from an event if we do not remember the event itself.  Progression is empty without remembrance.

I believe that Craig Ferguson, host of the Late Late Show on CBS put it the best way in his September 11 monologue from last year when he said that you should never forget how you got a scar.  If you do, you put yourself at risk of getting another one.

So, wearing my scarf, and a red shirt of some kind, I’ve gone to work and throughout this day for eight years, because it is how I remember.  Moving on is important, and we should continue to do so while remembering who we are, where we come from, and those who died protecting the very freedom and ideals that the people responsible for the attacks on September 11, 2001 were acting against.

No matter how many attacks we may endure, or how many lives of American civilians and heroes may be lost, those ideals and freedoms that this country was built on cannot be destroyed.  Our enemies, whoever and wherever they may be, do not have that power.  The only people who have the power to destroy those foundations are the American people themselves.

That is why it is imperative that we do not forget the events of September 11, 2001 or any other day in our country’s history where its ideals and people were shaken.

I love my country, and I am so blessed to have been born into the rights and freedoms that come with it.  I don’t ever want to forget where I was, and how I felt on this day eight years ago.  It would be an injustice and an insult to those who died that day to do so.  So, I urge you today to take a moment to remember, in whatever way you see fit even if it just means reading this article.