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Would another tragedy heal the divide?

September 16, 2016
Shepherdstown Chronicle

As our country remembered the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 on Sunday, I could not help but think of the way that people banded together in the face of an attack on our nation.

People hugged, cried, gave blood, shared fears and offered of themselves to help their fellow man in any way possible. Flags were flown high and proudly and the rally of American support was at an all-time high.

Where have we gone since then? On the same Sunday that we honored those who gave their lives in a terrorist attack, we had overpaid athletes sitting down or taking a knee during the playing of our National Anthem. Rather than rally for America, they offered a slap in the face to the song and symbol of the very nation that allows them the freedom to make millions of dollars playing a game that, in the scope of things, is irrelavent.

We find ourselves at a divide in our nation with neighbor against neighbor over political candidates, alleged rampant police brutality, emails and the like. Whatever can be seen as an opposing force between folks is made one.

What happened to the unity we felt after those attacks from outside? Can we not see that the attacks from within are as bad or worse than those attacks on Sept. 11? Just because there is not a terrorist organization flying planes into our buildings and killing thousands at a time, do we not see that the killing of a few at a time as we have witnessed in the past months is also "terrorism?"

We must find a way to heal the divide between our citizens, that is, if it's not already too late.

If we don't consider that there is such a divide, then are we kidding ourselves? Our enemies from outside surely see the breakdown inside our nation and are ultimately planning to use that to their advantage.

"United we stand, divided we fall," isn't just a cliche. It is so true and fall we will if we cannot come to once again stand united as a country.

There have been and will always be tensions and problems in our nation. With the mere volume of individuals with different beliefs and cultures, it is impossible for everyone to agree on everything.

But we need to stand together as Americans and honor all those who have served, who will continue to serve, to protect us and lead us. And that honor extends to our national symbols.

 
 
 

 

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