The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 11, 2013

Do not waver

On this anniversary of 9/11, let us come together again as one nation united

— When planes crashed into the Pentagon, into a Pennsylvania field, into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, suddenly politics no longer were a partisan debate. We all mourned together. We all celebrated our freedom together. We compromised together toward common goals. We never wavered and it seemed as a nation we stood as one.

And now, 12 years later, it seems we as a nation could not be more fractured.

We cannot forget the lives of the more than 3,000 people who died that day and those who are still living in the act of terrorism’s shadow. They died tragically. They died bravely.

Would they want to see a nation so devoid of compromise that basic governmental operations grind to a halt (where the threat of government shutdowns arise almost as often as the moon)? We cannot forget those 3,000 Americans whose lives were sacrificed on that fateful September day. We cannot forget their survivors who live with the pain of 9/11 every day in a way most people cannot even fathom. We cannot forget those who have become ill since working in the remnants of the World Trade Center looking for survivors, finding remains of loved ones.

We must rally together again always in their honor. Always in the spirit of debate and compromise. We cannot be so stubborn in our political views that it stumps our nation’s growth and allows other nations to pass us by.

Whether you are Democrat or Republican, Tea Party member or Independent, we must find common ground to rise above the rabble and bring the United States to greater heights. We must do it in the name of the founding fathers and we must do it for all of the families and friends directly impacted by the terrorist acts of an organization who continue to operate against us. The 9/11 victims cannot have died in vain.

We need to remember that again. Our lawmakers need to remember that again. We need everyone to remember that the time to work together is now, remember every day that goes by to keep moving this nation forward and do so in the memory of those who died on 9/11 and those who died in the name of the American way.

We as a community have a couple of opportunities to gather on this 12th anniversary to remember those we’ve lost, those who gave their lives to this nation. Raleigh County’s Parade of Lights will pass by Beckley’s memorial to first responders — a piece of twisted steel from the World Trade Center.

Also, Oak Hill will be remembering at Collins Football Field with the fourth annual 9/11 Memorial Service where participants will walk two-by-two around the field in remembrance of the twin towers. Event organizer Lisa Tanner spoke well when she said in The Register-Herald, “Three thousand plus lives were lost, but it wasn’t in vain. They have to be remembered for the good things they did. ...”

Everyone needs to remember them by continuing to do good work for our families, friends and fellow neighbors.