, Muskogee, OK


September 10, 2012

Terrorists did not win 11 years ago

— It has been 11 years since terrorists destroyed the Twin Towers in New York City and attacked the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Osama bin Laden’s terrorists also were responsible for the deaths aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania.

The Twin Towers were a symbol of our way of life to the terrorists.

Destroying the two skyscrapers was supposed to change our way of life.

In the 11 years that have passed, much has changed in the United States.

We see more security in airports.

We debate whether how the U.S. battles terrorism supersedes some of our basic freedoms.

We have lost far too many men and women overseas.

And, bin Laden is dead.

His plan failed.

We did not cower in reaction to the attack.

We do not live in constant fear for our lives the way bin Laden must have — knowing we would not stop until he was brought to justice.

That’s the greatest legacy from 9/11.

We remain united.

We remain resolved to continue our way of life.

Too many civilian lives were lost that day.

And, yet, bin Laden did not win.

He did not succeed.

We are free.

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