An American Awakening.
A moment of terror, an eternity of great sorrow.
-by Clay Burton
Thank you to every single veteran and first responder who could do no other thing than to defend, protect and save a life. Thank you for your brave courageous, and unselfish service. You all please God so well.
The September 11 attacks, often referred to as 9/11, were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States of America on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
Date: September 11, 2001, 7:46 AM CDT
Number of deaths: 2,996
Injuries (nonfatal): 25,000
It was not something that just happened.
Of the 2,977 victims killed in the September 11 attacks, 412 were emergency workers in New York City who responded to the World Trade Center. This included:
343 firefighters (including a chaplain and two paramedics) of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
37 police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department (PAPD)
23 police officers of the New York City Police Department (NYPD)
8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private emergency medical services
3 New York State Court Officers
1 patrolman from the New York Fire Patrol
Ladies and Gentlemen of America. Lest We Never Forget.
THE LONGEST WAR:
Not only was 9/11 not something that just happened but it is I still happening.
It had never gone away. How can a 5000-year-old radical ideology go away?
Yes, folk's it's, happening, and its, happening again. And let's not ignore this fact until it's time to go buy candles, ribbons and, balloons after the fact, just so that we can have closure.
So we can call it all healing, and staying strong and resilient together.
Folks we have reached a historical level of emotional detachment, desensitization, and short attention spans. All except for all those who have lost their families, husbands, wives, children, and friends.
They can never forget until the next time, that it's time, to remember all over again.
You may think of me negatively for stirring up perceived, unnecessary, emotions of fear and worry. As if the aftermath of terrorism was necessary at all.
Meanwhile, new, news becomes old news, and old news becomes, new again.
Thinking that The U.S. pull out of Afahganatsan is over is like thinking that on May 18, 2018, at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas could not ever happen again.
As if we all thought it could ever happen to us right here at home in the first place.
And we did not. But it did. We were not prepared.
Percentage of U.S. population born since the 2001 attacks plotted by al-Qaida leaders who were sheltering in Afghanistan: Roughly one out of every four.
THE HUMAN COST:
American service members killed in Afghanistan through April: 2,448.
U.S. contractors: 3,846.
Afghan national military and police: 66,000.
Other allied service members, including from other NATO member states 1,144.
Afghan civilians: 47,245.
Taliban and other opposition fighters: 51,191.
Aid workers: 444.
You may ask what can we do to prevent this kind of thing from happening again? I am certain there are a million things that we as Galveston County citizens can do.
But it would take getting involved. Electing leaders, forming committees, having meetings, with a diversified community in action.
But most importantly of all? Let's stop fighting each other at least as much and for right now. Is that reasonable?
We don't have to like each other to work together. And the easiest way to tolerate a co-worker is when we do not make the job all about us. But for the sake of others in need.
In WW2 The United States of American had stayed out of the war until Britain, the last stand of Europe could no, longer withstand Hitler's vast expending genocidal global domination.
We as Americans knew very well that we had to take the fight against Hitler around the world before our freedom was obliviated.
We joined forces with our allies to conquer this evil together.
But we as a nation of people also joined forces with each other. Every race, gender, religion, class, and age, here at home was very clear what was taking place.
It was literally a Do or Die, United We Stand, Divided We Fall, end of the world as we know it, life and death situation. Why is it not now?
In the next year be prepared for the emboldened regimes of terrorist organizations to taunt their victories by terrorizing us. Again.
Would you that I am inciting panic? Honey? We've been living in panic with Pandemics, Natural disasters, and War conflicts for a century now.
The problem is that we forget Because we want to forget. Because we can't sit still with technology long enough to remember yesterday.
So am I just being negative with no solutions of my own? No, I am not. I do have a solution. Pray. A lot.
Pray for everything. Give thanks, show gratitude and appreciation, be kind to each other, raise our kids by examples of mature adulthood and give, give, give!
During WW2 there were two major historical feats performed by American citizens who built or defenses and won the war. Sacrifice and Rationing.
That meant to give away and giving up. Volunteer! Everyone dropped what they were doing to do something for the war efforts. We can do this again.
No, we cannot change the country, nor the world. But we can be that change in Galveston County. Every race, gender, religion, class, and age, here at home can lead by example. We don't have to look for leaders when we can become leaders. Leaders lead not to gain flowers.
But to create more leaders. The next generations. Politicians can stop using our children as campaign slogans for building a better world and begin building better opportunities for our children.
We can no longer rely on the Government to solve all of our problems without helping the government that, We The People" formed.
What can we do to help? We could ask our Counties municipal elected officials. We're on our smartphones all day anyway. Emails? City council meetings.
Call your local City Hall for something other than to complain. Seems to me that getting involved in helping them do their jobs would mean they would have more time to do the better jobs for us.
If you feel for whatever reason that you are unable to volunteer to help. Then the best help of all is support. Support others who are able to volunteer.
Encourage, appreciate, and say thank you for your service work. CommUnity! Together We Can Do, Through God, What We Could Not Do Alone.
This is not a plea for peace and love, only. It is a call to citizens' duty, and responsibility to do the hard work that not many today seem to want to do or to give the time that we would prefer to keep to ourselves.
Not just for today, but every day. If we work hard every day, then we get used to working hard. If we don't work, then, we are not likely to embrace the earning of our rewards.
If we are given everything, then how could we appreciate all the daily gifts in our lives?
The very smallest of blessings in all of our lives each and every day.
What I am saying in all of this post. Is that inspiration, self-worth, well-being, positive feelings, that we get from achieving goals together create morale, encouragement, energy, happiness, usefulness, and inclusion.
These are only a few spiritual, principles that defend against and defeat evil.
Thank you for letting me share.
God Is In Everything.
God Bless America.
One Nation Under God (Everyone)
In God We Trust.
Howdy there. My Name is Clay Burton. I was born in Galveston County, Tx in 1963 and have lived in Hitchcock Tx. for at least 40 years now. but only the past year or so I have become a very active volunteer in local community services here in Hitchcock.