Today 18 Years Ago
Today 18 Years Ago
Therefore, I will always remind you of these things, even though you already know them and are established in the truth you have. (2 Peter 1:12)
Today (September 11, 2019) marks 18 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and people across America will be honoring the 2,983 men, women and children that were killed in the attacks at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon and aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This is an UNFORGETTABLE day in the history of the United States, and will be forever etched in the heart and memory of patriotic Americans. Unfortunately, 18 years later, many children could not recall what happened on this tragic day when I asked them. Please make time to educate your children, our future generation, about 9/11 and offer our fast and prayers for an end of terrorism, an act of evil in our world. Share with them things we miss about travel before 9/11 compiled by Matador editors. Here are few of them:
>Not needing a passport just to go to visit Canada from the US, and vice versa.
>Not having to remove your laptop, [iPad…].
>Leaving your shoes on when going through security.
>Not having to worry about your stuff getting stolen while it’s all spread out during security.
>Not having notes left by TSA in your luggage advising you that they’d done a hand-inspection because they saw something suspicious.
>Not having to get to the airport three hours before an international flight whenever it touches the United States, even if it’s a layover.
>Not having to worry about being pulled off a flight for having a “suspicious conversation” in a boarding queue.
>Not having to use TSA-approved locks (which are unavailable in many places outside of the US).
>Not having to balance a kid on your hip while trying to put your shoes / your child’s shoes on, then stuffing your laptop and stuff back into your carry-on, so you can then uncap all your kid’s bottles so the TSA agent can wave a piece of paper over them to test for illicit substances.
>Not having to worry if the body scanner is giving you brain cancer.
Not having to watch as some elderly person in a wheelchair, probably a WWII veteran, has footwear removed for him
>Not having my family sit with your at the gate and wave you off as you board.
>Not having to stand by helplessly while your darker-skinned travel companion gets “randomly selected” to have her belongings searched.
>Not hearing endless loops of security warnings about terror threat levels, unattended bags being destroyed, etc.
>Not having immigrations officials question you exhaustively upon reentry to the US about the whereabouts and “purposes” of your travels abroad.
>Not feeling an urge to conceal your identity as an American traveler.
Life is never the same after 9/11!
Deliver me, LORD, from the wicked; / preserve me from the violent, / From those who plan evil in their hearts, / who stir up conflicts every day (Palm 140)
Hail Mary full of grace…
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
Fr. Vincent Nguyen
on Wednesday, September 11 at 8:09AM