As we approach the 20 year anniversary of the most tragic event of my generation and we stop to remember those heroes who died that day and those who saved other countless lives, it is important to realize that there is another, entire generation of Americans that did not see this attack unfold on live television as we did. This generation knows what little, if any, is taught in school or what they may hear from older relatives in passing conversations. They may never know the overwhelming patriotism that we felt after that attack or how we all forgot our differences for a moment in time. In that moment, we were all simply Americans who were suffering, grieving, stunned and angry.
I hope my grandchildren never have to experience what we did on September 11, 2001, but I fear current events foreshadow otherwise. As a country, we have never been do divided on United States foreign policy and frankly, everything else. The old adage paraphrased by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill has never been so true, “Those who failed to learn from history are condemned to repeat it”. Churchill said this in a 1948 speech to the British House of Commons and we all know the tragedy his generation had endured, World War II.