Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

State News

September 8, 2011

Leising reflects on Sept. 11


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Today’s question, however, should not be limited to “Where were we then?” The more important question at this time is “Where are we now — 10 years after the worst terrorist attack on American soil?”


Thanks to the courage of many service men and women — much like the bravery shown by firefighters, police officers and all of the fallen who gave their lives to help others Sept. 11, 2001 — al-Qaida commander Osama bin Laden no longer threatens the United States. The May 2 commando raid that killed bin Laden, in fact, may have even prevented another attack planned for this 10th anniversary as well as years of uncertainty to come.


Yes, a lot of things are different than they were 10 years ago. Airline passengers must sacrifice convenience for safety. Security check-points even greet us now at sports stadiums.


But, the fact is that much is still the same: The United States continues to be a world power. Our union still has 50 strong states. We still have three branches of government. We still have our young men and women scattered over the globe ensuring freedom and keeping peace. We still have men and women who bravely serve as law enforcement officers, keeping our communities safe. We still have men and women who courageously battle fires and rush into burning buildings to rescue others. We still have legal immigrants flocking here, at times risking their very lives, because they know America is still a place where dreams can come true.


Because of our public servants and our veterans, past and present, the strength of these United States is not something you can knock down with an airplane. Even though many lives were lost, theSept. 11 terrorists didn’t make the United States of America weaker. They made us stronger and showed millions why we remain the envy of all those worldwide who seek freedom.

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