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Rob Woodall

WOODALL: Never forget, but also move forward

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As difficult as it is for most Americans to believe, for almost every elementary school student Sept. 11, 2001, is as intangible an event as Pearl Harbor is to those of us born after that infamous day in 1941. Like many of you, I learned about Pearl Harbor in school. I have visited the USS Arizona memorial in Hawaii, but Dec. 7, 1941, affects me differently than it does my grandparents who lived the aftermath on Dec. 8, who listened to President Roosevelt speak over their radio, and whose friends and family left home to fight in a foreign land.

They will never forget how Pearl Harbor "feels," and I will never forget the feelings of Sept. 11, 2001 -- seeing those planes hit the World Trade Center, watching flames come from the side of the Pentagon, and hearing voicemail recordings of those brave passengers as they said good-bye to their loved ones before gallantly fighting their hijackers in the air over Pennsylvania. Merely writing these words raises my blood pressure, even as Sept. 11 is scarcely more than a history lesson to our youngest children. Like the victories that followed Pearl Harbor, however, and the changes that day set in motion, our nation will never be the same in a post-9/11 world.

 

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By Rep. Rob Woodall

 

Source: gwinnettdailypost.com


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