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September 11, 2012

GARRICK D. CONNER

Eleven years ago today, life as we know it changed forever. In that time we’ve cried, we’ve hurt, we’ve fumed, we’ve grieved, and we’ve healed — to a point.

But make no mistake: We are not okay.

On September 11, 2001, our great nation came together in a beautiful display of unity. For a season those boundaries that typically divide us faded into the background. Religion. Ethnicity. Political Affiliation. Socioeconomic Status.

Unfortunately, the unity and camaraderie of that time faded even before the fires stopped smoldering some 100 days later. In fact, the poltical posturing began almost immediately, and 26 days after the attacks, the U.S. military began bombing Afghanistan.

THE PASSING OF TIME
It has been a long time since September 11, 2001:

  • 4018 days
  • 574 weeks
  • 96,432 hours
  • 5,785,920 minutes
  • 347,155,200 seconds

All that time, yet we are not okay.

THE PRICE OF PROTECTION
In many ways we…

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