Such a mass loss of innocent lives has not been witnessed on these shores for generations – and certainly not during peace time.
How Americans have responded – and their banding together to protect and promote the freedom we all enjoy – is, I believe, one of the great messages for good that came from this calamity.
Yes, in the name of security, some ways of doing things were altered. One case that most of us have experienced is the seeming inconvenience encountered at the airport, from having to remove shoes to the necessity of carrying “travel” sizes of toiletries, or none at all. There are the arguments that America over-reacted by invading Iraq and fighting against terrorism in Afghanistan.
But the important, over-riding factor in all this to me is that, at least so far, there has been no repeat of the death and destruction which happened in three places on Sept. 11.
Thanks to security safeguards and trained personnel, as well as alert and willing bystanders, in some cases, further airliner or Times Square bombings, and the like, have been averted.
More security safeguards are in place, these days, but life as we have been fortunate to know it has basically returned.
And life resumed, after a few days, for most of us in Davis County, following 9-11.
The Salt Lake City Olympic Games were only months from their scheduled opening, in early February of 2002.
Many Davis County folks were deeply involved in preparations for that world-class event, including West Bountiful’s Lane Beattie, who headed up duties from the State of Utah side, and Centerville’s Bret Millburn, who oversaw transportation details to get people to and from the various venues.
Security was already a top concern of Olympic organizers. After all, hundreds of key leaders, including President Bush, were due to make appearances. On top of that, thousands of spectators and athletes could be prime terrorist targets, as well.
But the Olympics did proceed, and are billed by many as the best ever held, with Salt Lake talked about as the possible host of a future such event, as well.
That resolve is part of what makes this country great.
We don’t let adversity rob or overtake us from carrying on, from often even shining through with our best efforts.
From the valiant efforts we can only read about that freed these colonies and made them states in the American Revolution, to a resolve to fight for freedom at all costs after the devastating attack at Pearl Harbor, are what help make America great.
And such actions, by individuals, communities, and an entire nation, have helped propel freedom’s light to new heights for millions across the world to embrace and enjoy.
Here in Davis County, the impact of 9-11 has been felt: both personally by several families, and collectively, through remembrances. Their story is briefly recounted elsewhere in today’s issue.
Davis County’s Youth of Promise group has also worked hard to create a memorial at the Utah Botanical Center, in a central spot in Kaysville.
Those efforts are ongoing, with organizers hoping that it might be completed by November.
In Davis County, the event will be remembered in several ways.
On Saturday, Sept.10, a free evening carnival/movie night will be held at the Weber State University Davis Campus in Layton at 6 p.m. It will include a tribute to 9/11 responders.
The Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band will perform a free concert Sunday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at Eaglewood Golf Course in North Salt Lake. The Farmington Museum will be open each Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., through the rest of the month, allowing visitors to view its 9/11 exhibit. See page A-3 for complete details.