Today is 9/11/08. A day in which most of us Americans will take time to reflect on the tragedies of the past. A day in which members of the military will spend on foreign soil, defending the freedoms that you and I enjoy today.
The tragic events of 9/11/01 will forever be etched in the memory of most people, not only in the United States, but the world. It was a day in which the world literally came to a stop. The United States was not free from terror as most of us have come to believe. We were more familiar with domestic terrorism and the rampant crime in the city of Memphis. Some believe our elected leaders failed that day, much like the leaders of Memphis fail us everyday.
Please take time today to reflect on all of the events of September 11, 2001. Not only time to reflect on how this impacted the world, but how this has impacted your life. The way you act towards others today vs. the way you acted prior to 9/11/01. The way we treat our fellow Americans today vs. before 9/11/01.
Also take time today to remember our heroes of the day. The first responders, who charged into the belly of the beast, never to emerge again. The faceless men and women who New Yorkers came to know as their protectors.
We, as Memphis police officers, should strive to increase our public opinion regardless of who is bringing down the ship. We should continue to do our job regardless of someones ethnic, race, religious or sexual orientation. The head of our organization my be rotten, but the body can and MUST fight on! We know what has to be done, so lets do it. We are receiving national negative press now, but the negatives can no longer effect the services we provide.
Let us remember how the brave individuals acted on 9/11/01 as they joined together and charged into hell. Memphis has become our hell and we too must join together. United we stand, divided we fall.