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We’re just past the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and, as in every year, there is much to remember. A part of that terrible day which you might not know about is recounted here in a Washington Post piece.  Watch the video and read the post. You just might appreciate commitment on a whole new level. Most of us aren’t tested in that way so we just don’t get it. Some both get it and live it. I doubt you’ll be able to read this and not be touched and perhaps moved deeply.

Be sure to note the difference between this and typical chest thumping bravado masquerading as patriotism and commitment. Then go say “Thank you” to the people who stand a post for us every day. And don’t ever, ever send them to war unnecessarily. They are far too precious for us to be so cavalier about their welfare.


Ed. note: There is much in America that needs fixing and we are on a path to continually fail to make things better. It is my goal to make a difference – perhaps to be a catalyst for things to get better. That is the reason for these posts. To accomplish the goal requires reaching many thousands of people and a robust dialogue. Please help by offering your comments, as well as by passing this along and encouraging others to subscribe and do the same.  Thanks.  JA

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2 Responses to Commitment
  1. Frank Levy Reply

    Jax – once again your humanity, and your respect for the good work, bravery, and nobility of others is evident in today’s Disambiguation. Thank you for guiding us to this piece about two of those extraordinary people who stand guard over America with their lives.

    I agree with your closing statement – we should never be cavalier with their welfare. But more so, we should never be cavalier about, or eager about, going to war – no matter the reason/excuse.

  2. Jim Altschuler Reply

    I doubt anyone can read and watch the content without being at least moved if not brought to tears.

    We’ve all thought that we had heard about what happened, but this, as Paul Harvey would say, is the “rest of the story”. No one I know had any awareness of Maj. Penney’s & Col. Sasserman’s potentially suicidal flight to intercept United Flt. 93. And before 9/11/01, no one had ever heard of Shanksville, PA. Reno, NV, may bill itself as the “Biggest Little City in the World”, but I suggest that Shanksville has irrevocably taken that title.

    God bless and keep them all, especially the victims of the attacks and those on United 93!