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Monday, November 06, 2006

Always Remember...

This is the last post of my series that chronicles our day in New York City.

Times Square and Grand Central Station...

The Empire State Building...

The American Museum of Natural History...

New York City Streets...

The Statue of Liberty...


We were only able to spend one day there.

We spent a total of 15 hours seeing the sites, which included our train ride into NYC and the ride back to Mount Kisco which is where we were staying.




Of all the things that were on my list to see...

Probably the most emotional one was to go to where the World Trade Center's twin towers once stood.


When I was asking the kids about our "Top Three" list of things to see...

I was surprised, and yet so glad, when Carrie said that she wanted to go to "Ground Zero".


The picture was taken on October 27th, and it shows the progress that has been made up to that date in the construction of the memorial for the site.


I remember the day of September 11th so vividly...

And the kids do as well.


They were greatly affected by the events of that day.

A sudden loss in their sense of security had stripped away some of their childhood innocence.


I remember wanting to lock myself and the kids inside of our house...

Wishing that I could create a wall of protection between ourselves and the outside world.





Tomorrow is an election day.

A time to exercise one of our freedoms.

A freedom that so many of us take for granted.





I want to encourage all Americans to go to the polls tomorrow and vote.


I want you to try and imagine what it would be like if you did not have this constitutional right.


I want you to think what this country might be like without it.


What if the United States of America was not a 'government of the people, by the people, and for the people'?


And when you find yourself complaining...

Unhappy...

Or are otherwise disillusioned with what you may feel are 'political ills'...


I would like for you to remember...


To always remember...


That thousands of people gave up a whole lot more than the little bit of time and effort that it takes to go to the polls...

Just so that we would continue to have a constitution that guarantees us freedom and the right to vote.




"...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." ~ Abraham Lincoln




later...

3 Comments:

Blogger Pattie said...

Amen to that, TJ.
I couldn't agree more.

November 07, 2006 3:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us :-)

Sue

November 08, 2006 11:21 AM  
Anonymous wolfbaby said...

I cry every time i think about it.. all those innocent people.. those children left without parents over senseless violence... just isn't right.

November 10, 2006 9:32 PM  

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