9/11/2011 Ten years later.
This was the scene today in the front yard of the house belonging to some friends of mine, Kevin and his wife Karen. Oddly enough, a month ago I posted from this same front yard in Dearborn Heights Michigan when my band played at their Summer bash. Why not set up the band on the front yard?
Kevin and Karen wanted to make a pro-America statement to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The 10' x 16' flag hung from the stately old trees lining Colgate street in the old neighborhood does a nice job of doing that.
We all remember where we were and what we were doing when we first heard the news. I remember thinking, maybe even fearing that major terrorist attacks like the ones on 9/11 would become the new norm for America and the world. It seemed way too easy for a few evil people to hatch a plot that killed thousands of innocent civilians and totally disrupted our way of life and our sense of security. Surely there will be more of these monstrous attacks on our homeland.
But they never happened. Credit or blame who you like for what happened or didn't happen, but there is no denying that the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq killed a lot of fanatics who would have killed us if they had the chance.
And ten years later, life is back to pretty much normal, if that is life can ever be considered normal.
None of us can ever forget, but the awesome flag does make one pause for a moment and think, wow its been 10 years and we're still here. Thanks to all the American heroes who were there that day and to all those who fought in the war since then to get us here.