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When policy has been that our Military did not march in uniform in any parade……………..
In a memorandum sent to all its branches this year, the Defense Department said it was making the allowance for the San Diego event even though its policy generally bars troops from marching in uniform in parades.
The Defense Department said Thursday it did so because organizers had encouraged military personnel to march in their uniform and the parade was getting national attention.
A senior Pentagon official apologized Friday to Washington-area Muslims for the burning of Qurans at a military base in Afghanistan.
Peter Lavoy, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asia and Pacific security affairs, said the military is investigating what occurred and that all 140,000 coalition troops in Afghanistan are being retrained in the handling of religious materials.
Lavoy apologized multiple times during a brief speech during prayer services at the ADAMS Center in Sterling, one of the largest mosques in the country.
“I come here today to apologize on behalf of the Department of Defense for the incident that took place in Afghanistan this week,” Lavoy told worshippers, saying the burnings were done “unknowingly and improperly.”
Previously, the president of the United States issued his “deep regret” to the Afghan president for the apparent accident. “I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident,” President Obama said in a letter to President Karzai. “I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies.” The Pentagon’s apology at a Virginia mosque occurred today.
Tomorrow, we will wake up to another September 11th, the day after Sept. 10th, and the day before Sept. 12th. But just as November 22nd, 1963 or December 7th, 1941 are etched in the hearts and minds of a generation, so too, will September 11th be the Day of Remembrance for this generation. It is a day to remember that we watched the horror of the radical Islamic attacks upon our own soil. A day to remember not only the bravery of the first responders, in the ranks of the NYPD, NYFD, and the Port Authority, but the many brave souls who did countless and untold acts of bravery within the confines of what would become their tomb. It will be a day to remember the known heroes of Flight 93 as they fought to make sure their plane did not hit its intended target, as well as the unknown heroes on the planes that hit the World Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon.
It will be a day to remember that we were not Republicans or Democrats, but we were Americans. To remember that as proud Amricans have always done, we rose to the occasion to aid those in need. To remember, as Alan Jackson’s lyrics said, that we held hands and prayed for each other— Yes, we prayed for all of us publically and privately, and no ine dared to question it.
We need to remember not just those who died that September day, but those who are still fighting the scars of that day. We need to remember that many of the first responders and the survivors were affected by the toxins released as the buildings collapsed and fires burnt below the great city. We need to remember the loved ones, the families and the friends, the neighbors and the communities, whose lives were forever changed.
September 11th, a Day or Remembrance, as a Nation. Others have declared that we need to make the day a National Day of Service, which I disagree with. However, in remembering the events of September 11th, serve by giving blood so the supply is always ready should we ever, God forbid, need to address another emergency on that grand scale. Or serve with your donations to Tuesday’s Children, the children whose mother or father never came home on that fateful day.
Whatever you do tomorrow, as we all will have our moment of remembrance, just remember that we are what makes this Nation great, we the average hard working Americans, and the best service we can do for this country is to remember our Founding Fathers and their principles, remember the sacrifice of those before us, and build on that foundation for a greater tomorrow. That will be the lasting memorial of September 11th, 2001.
For information on Tuesday’s Children: http://www.tuesdayschildren.org/index.php