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The Baby Boomers were defined, to some degree, by the question

"where were you when Kennedy was shot?" Generation X by images of

the Challenger disaster. The current generation, and indeed all of

us who were alive then, are now defined by one question — "Where

were you when the Towers came down?"

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That day, and those images, were seared into the national

consciousness like nothing since Pearl Harbor.

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We all remember the anger, the grief, the outrage we felt as we

watched thousands of our countrymen die live on national

Television.

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After the Pearl Harbor attack, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

supposedly said "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping

giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

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The quote may be apocryphal, but it was true enough, and in the

days and weeks following the attack the giant stirred

again.

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We were, for a time, one nation again. The world trembled in fear

at what we might do, remembering that there is nothing so

dangerous, or ruthless, as America when its ire is

raised.

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We went to war, we tracked down as many of the killers as we could

and, though it took nearly 10 years, we eventually found and

executed the man who ordered the attack, Osama bin

Laden.

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But though the giant stirred, he was eventually lulled back to

sleep, and the nation fractured again.

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Sunday is the tenth anniversary of those attacks. Ground Zero

remains a hole in the ground as various factions have wrangled over

what should be built there. Our nation is as divided as it has been

at any time since the Civil War.

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We at the News-Advocate believe that whatever the political

differences we have with one another — and they are real, and

important — we all are Americans first.

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We ask, we beg, on Sunday, we remember it. That we come together

again, remembering we have more in common than not. We are all

Americans, on that at least we can all agree. It is a good place to

start.


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Writing for the board.

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— Patrick Richardson