Tell Your Children

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ell your children what happened on September 11, 2001.

Tell them how our highest elected leaders took flight or burrowed to safety.  Tell them how our great houses of law emptied.

But tell them, too, how the common people held fast and stood tall, at the Pentagon, at the Twin Towers in New York City, in the cold air above Pennsylvania, and in every town, armory, fort, and base across the U.S.A.  Tell them how their neighbors—all colors, all ages, rich and poor, all religions and none: everyday people, born of fifty states and many nations—ran toward danger and charged into harm's way, to save the injured and helpless.

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

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ell your children.  Let them know where the true strength of this nation lies.



Don Patterson