When I was a kid in the late 40s and early 50s, every December 7th was clothed with a certain emotion that, being young, I didn’t understand. I consider myself an amateur World War II historian and through my study I believe I understand the source of that emotion for my parents and their friends. I studied it, but they lived it.
Over time, it has become obvious that the emotion of December 7th has waned every year as those generations have passed. Today, with the exception of a few, very old people, December 7th is recognized as an important historical event, but the emotion is gone.
I believe that is happening today with 9/11. For those of us who lived it there is still an emotion associated with that date. “I remember where I was when I heard.”
However, there are generations coming along who will know it was a historical event, but will not have that emotion associated with it. All they know is some lights are now where buildings once stood.
There is one common denominator between the two ‘historical’ events. There was evil present on December 7th and evil was present on September 11th.
Both events remind us that it’s important to remember that evil is still present in the world. We either pay the price to fight it to preserve our freedoms or we surrender to it and our children will pay the price.