It has been almost a generation since, on September 11, 2001, Muslim terrorists hijacked four planes, killed more than 3,000 Americans, and changed the course of our country's history forever.
To anyone 20 years or younger, 9/11 is as distant a memory as Pearl Harbor is to many of us.
But like Pearl Harbor, it was an attack on our people and our nation's values and it came at a time when we had relaxed our vigilance.
Every generation must be reminded that freedom requires sacrifice from men and women and we should always honor those who are willing to serve.
Those who've grown up with the war on terrorism of the last 17 years need to be taught the reasons for it, and the price we pay when terrorism makes its way to our shores.
Consider This: We can never forget the lessons of 9/11. The images of the Twin Towers being struck, the devastation at the Pentagon and the wreckage of American flight 93 are chilling reminders of the attack on our nation that day.
Since 9/11, more than 7,000 lives have been lost by American military personnel in campaigns against terrorism with more than 50,000 injured.
9/11 is an important reminder this year, and every year, that liberty will always have enemies and that freedom is never free.
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'Consider This' is a commentary by KCBD Vice-President and General Manager Dan Jackson.