Tell Your Children

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ell your children what happened on September 11, 2001.

Tell them how our nation's anointed leaders took flight and burrowed to safety.  Tell them how our great houses of law emptied.

But tell them, too, how the common people stood tall, at the Pentagon in Virginia, at the Twin Towers in New York, in the cold air above Pennsylvania, and in villages and towns across the U.S.A.  Tell them how our everyday neighbors—all colors; all ages; rich and poor; all religions and none; quiet people born of fifty states and many nations—ran into danger to help the weak and injured, and to save our nation's capital.

And tell them how millions upon millions of men, women, and children around the world reached out to us in our anger and grief.

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ell your children.  Tell them, so they know where the true strength of this republic lies.


Don Patterson