President George W. Bush, Mrs. Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Mrs. Lynne Cheney bow their heads for a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007, in memory of those whose lives were lost on Sept. 11, 2001. White House photo by Chris Greenberg .
Yesterday, September 11th, was a day to remember. You can't know where you are going if you don't know where you have come from. And looking six years back on September 11, 2001 many of us woke on September 12, 2001 and worried about what might be next.
Thankfully, in the six years that followed we have been spared further horror. September 12, 2007 is a day to be thankful for the tireless efforts of all those who work to keep us safe. From President Bush, members of our military, intelligence services, homeland security, the FBI, local police and citizens who brave accusations of racial profiling to report suspicious behavior; all have contributed to keeping us safe.
It's not like the jihadis haven't been trying. Despite the comments from Ron Paul cultists at Flopping Aces who echo Michael Moore's absurd suggestion that "there is no terrorist threat."
Whether it's the amateurish ,but still deadly, plot by Iyman Farris to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge in New York or the plots to attack Fort Dix, New Jersey, or JFK airport, or the Empire State Building, or the Library Tower, or Sears Tower, or flights from Britain over the Atlantic. More recently, foiled plots uncovered overseas in Denmark and in Germany.
I am so thankful we have been spared those horrors. And I am doubly thankful that thousands of innocent Americans are alive today because of aggressive efforts to keep us safe.
Therefore, I declare September 12th, 2007 a day of Thanksgiving. It's a tribute to so many unsung heroes whose contributions we may never know, but appreciate nonetheless.