President Bush delivered an emotional and memorable address before a Joint Session of Congress the evening of September 11, 2001. The next day, we put the President’s words to music from the film “Glory”, and shared it with you on my morning radio show. In light of the events over the last couple of days, I thought it fitting to share it with you again.
Also I thought it appropriate to take a moment to watch and listen to two songs that meant so much to us then… and still do today: Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” and Whitney Houston’s live version of “The Star Spangled Banner” performed live at the 1991 Super Bowl. Little could we have known then the nearly unspeakable horror that would be brought about on that sunny September morning in 2001. So many lives lost - all of our lives forever changed… And now the man who started it all, Osama Bin Laden, is dead! Killed by the American military.
Osama Bin Laden is dead! Almost ten years later. The pain has not lessened the horror of what he did. It replays itself over and over again in our minds, but the weight of “justice denied”, is finally lifted. Just remembering that clear and sunny Tuesday September morning, shattered by images of civilian aircrafts - turned into human missiles - crashing into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, PA, explains our overwhelming relief, gratitude and excitement that the men of the Navy Seals have taken him out. It won’t bring anyone back. Anyone’s mother or father, husband or wife, son or daughter, brother or sister. And while Bin Laden’s Al Queda minions will undoubtably attempt to continue his murderous ways, they’re crippled without their twisted leader. And at least HE won’t take any more innocent lives. Cold comfort, but comfort nonetheless.