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15 Years

Sunday will be the 15th anniversary of the horrible events of September 11, 2001. Does it feel like 15 years?

We have been at war ever since. Since being born, the USA has been at war for a little over 40% of my life. The last year of Korea, the escalated years of Vietnam, and this one – Afghanistan/Iraq, and ISIS. That ain’t right.

Politico has a good read today on what was happening with President George W. Bush that day. Check it out here: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/were-the-only-plane-in-the-sky-214230.

Since 2006, on September 11, MSNBC has aired NBC’s live coverage of September 11 – most of the morning portion. Some critics of this say enough is enough. That it is punishing to the families of the victims and those that assisted at Ground Zero and the Pentagon.

Some on the other hand say it is a teaching tool for those that were too young to remember and that we should never forget.

On a few September 11s since 2006, I have taken the time to watch parts of the coverage.

You can go to youtube and find chunks of the September 11 live coverage from many the of the national broadcast and cable networks. So it is never going away.

It is not like back in the sixties when we only had a few stations to watch. If you have MSNBC, I am thinking you also have a few hundred other choices to watch this Sunday morning.

Why have I watched at times? Like I said. Since September 11, 2001, we have been at war. Thousands of our military have died and more have suffered serious injuries.

We do things a lot differently since September 11 – air travel probably being the biggest.

We sing “God Bless America” at MLB baseball games on Sundays and holidays. We have to go through a security check to go to The Yard and other major venues.

And now we have candidates and politicians hating on Muslims and immigrants.

How many days out of the calendar do we remember? Some holidays, Valentine’s Day, birthdays of family and close friends, and September 11. Heck, most folks don’t even remember December 7, 1941. That’s Pearl Harbor Day. That got us quicker into World War II.

So I don’t have a problem with MSNBC airing it this Sunday.   Somebody has to. So folks won’t forget.

That’s why Politico has that piece out today.

I wonder if Donald Trump will try to politicize September 11 this Sunday?

I am skipping the MLB question today.

The Cubbies are in town for the weekend. Sunday’s evening game at The Yard will be on ESPN. On September 11.

Never forget!

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