We Will Never Forget – 9/11 Tribute
We will never forget. Following September 11, 2001, those four words were ingrained into the consciousness of America. They were seen on TV, on billboards, on clothing, on bumper stickers, and just about every other place imaginable. It seemed as if our entire nation united in a chorus of promised remembrance of all that took place on that dreadful day. We promised we would never forget the thousands whose lives were lost. The men and women who unknowingly left their homes, their mates, and their children for the final time that day. We promised we would never forget the heroes who unselfishly rushed into danger to try to help their fellow man. Firemen, police officers, EMTs, medics, and others who thought nothing of the potential risk to their own lives and cared only of saving the lives of fellow citizens in grave danger. We promised we would never forget the hundreds of thousands of men and women in our armed forces who were willing to go fight a faceless enemy in foreign lands on our behalf. We made a pact to remember the devastated families and the grieving friends.
We were sure that we would remember the God that we turned to in our time of national turmoil. More than half of the adult population in the U.S. was in church the Sunday after 9/11. I can still remember watching as stadiums across the country rang out with tens of thousands of people unashamedly singing “God Bless America.” I have not forgotten as our political leaders called for every American to pray to the God of Heaven. People weren’t worried about separation of church and state. Nobody had a problem with prayer in the public schools on that day. And we said, we would never forget. We promised that we would never forget the enemies who attacked us. Those who were waging war on our country, our God, and our way of life.
But have we forgotten?
Are our political leaders still calling on Americans to pray for God’s blessings upon our nation? Do we still find our churches filled on Sundays or have we forgotten? Do we still turn to God in prayer for America, for our families, for our soldiers, for our churches, and for the thousands of children who have grown up without a parent because of the 9/11 attacks? Do we pray for the families of our soldiers who are separated for months at a time? Have we forgotten the soldiers overseas who have yet to meet their little baby boy or girl that was born while they were fighting for us? What about those children who will never meet their daddy because he was a hero who gave his life for our freedom?
Have we forgotten?
Have we forgotten the patriotism that swelled in the heart of every red-blooded American? The love of God and country was so prevalent.
We, here at North Valley Baptist Church would like to declare, “We have not forgotten!” and “We will never forget!”
We will never forget the God upon which our country was founded. Today, we declare “In God we still trust.” We will never forget those who died ten years ago today. We will not forget mates who still mourn, children who still cry themselves to sleep each night, and soldiers who long to return home to their loved ones. We will never forget.
We will never forget that our hope is not found in the White House, but it is found in God’s house, in my house and in your house. We will never forget that, except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it. We will never forget that blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. We will never forget Old Glory—that star spangled banner that still waves o’er land of the free and the home of the brave!
We love our God. We love our country. And we love every person who has sacrificed to give us the great nation that we call home. We love America!
And We Will Never Forget.