Saturday, September 11, 2010

Anniversary

I believe in our beautiful America.
I believe in the principles of
freedom of religion,
freedom of the press,
freedom of expression,
and the right of every citizen to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
I believe it's every citizen's duty to take these freedoms seriously and use them wisely, without infringing upon the freedoms of others. I also believe that most Americans share my beliefs.

I believe in the duty of our government officials to uphold our Constitution. I believe our country is going through rough times, financially as well as ideologically. But if we look to these founding principles, to our freedoms and our duties, I believe we will find our answers.

18 comments:

Shell Sherree said...

Here's to our beliefs and dreams, Petrea. Wishing you peace on this reflective day.

Speedway said...

I'd just arrived at work that morning, only to hear someone say a plane had flown into one of the World Trade Center buildings. We went to the break room to watch TV coverage, looking on in disbelief as a second plane did the same.

Somewhere in that horror, the news people cut to a scene showing the bits and pieces of a white jet strewn across the Pennsylvania countryside. My dear, difficult companion Carl, a corporate pilot, had been due to return from NYC after taking his clients there for meetings. Part of his route would have taken him over that PA field. I could not see the tail number of the downed plane, turned immediately to call his workplace.

As it turned out, Carl had just landed a few minutes earlier. We spoke briefly, my few minutes of personal horror transferred to all those others who would never return.

Peace to all.

-K- said...

This is a wonderful way to start a difficult day. Thank you.

Gunn said...

An importent message in todays post. Thanks for sharing.

Petrea said...

We all have our stories of that day. It's one of those days where we all remember where we were, who we were with, what we were doing when we heard. Speedway, I'm glad your story ended with your loved one's safety.

I hope we can find peace with each other. I find it hard to read or watch the news, with so much hate and fighting amongst ourselves. My desire is for us to seek common ground. If we don't, the terrorists have won.

Susan Campisi said...

Words of wisdom amidst the roar of insanity in the news. Thanks for posting.

TheChieftess said...

Well said Petrea...

Irina said...

I was in the beauty salon, making the hairdo. They started informing in the radio channel and first minute we did not believe, thought it was some horror radio play, then realized it was reality. I returned back home, parents were stuck to the TV, almost paralyzed by sorrow. Bouquet of different feelings, from sorry for victims to non-understanding how human being can plan such disaster.
Please be strong.

Ms M said...

Very well said. I hope and pray the remembrance of this day helps our country move out of this current period of terrible divisiveness soon.

Jean Spitzer said...

Beautifully said.

Petrea said...

Thanks, everyone. And to those of you not from the U.S. who are so kind to comment here, it is especially heartwarming to know you still care about us. I hope you know that Americans care about you, too, despite what you may read in the newspapers. This is what I like about connecting to you on the internet: we can talk to each other, and avoid letting our governments or our press do the talking for us.

Bellis said...

Most Americans are good and tolerant people - it's a pity the intolerant ones get so much media attention.

mark said...

Amen. I have many, many memories or that day. I will share one of them. It was primary Election Day in our state. I voted.

Petrea said...

Bellis, I couldn't agree more. It seems extremists of all stripes manage to grab the attention of the media.

Mark, what an excellent way to channel your feelings.

altadenahiker said...

Unfortunately, Bellis, all countries can spill some whack jobs, and international media is way too thirsty.

Petrea said...

Hiker, you put things so well.

Nathalie said...

A wonderful post Petrea, photo and text. America needs as many people like you as it can get.

Petrea said...

Nathalie, I get your meaning. Unfortunately, the press tends to report on the wackiest, the worst, the most frightening (see altadenahiker's comment), so that's what you hear about in France. I think (hope) I'm pretty normal.