As the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, please take time to remember the innocent Americans who were lost on that fateful day at the hands of terrorists. Also, take time to remember the courage and dedication and sacrifice of the police officers and firefighters who perished at the Twin Towers 10 years ago. And who can forget the bravery and inspirational teamwork of the passengers of Flight 93?
I give thanks that we live in a country guided by morality. In fact, our founding fathers created a Constitution for a moral people. John Adams was one of America's early leaders and served as the second President of the United States. On July 1, 1776 John Adams spoke profoundly at the Continental Congress to the delegates from the 13 colonies:
"Before God, I believe the hour has come. My judgment approves this measure (Declaration of Independence), and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope in this, I am now ready here to stake upon it. And I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God, it shall be my dying sentiment. Independence now, and independence forever."
The religious foundation of our nation has girded us through the good times and the bad. God has given us the ultimate tool in prayer and the peace that comes through a relationship with his Son, Jesus Christ. Many a person in military service has gone into battle knowing that peace which comes through faith in God as depicted in Philippians 1.
Please thank God for the following blessings that we share as Americans:
The freedom to pursue our dreams and aspirations through higher education and entrepreneurship.
A culture that fosters the great scientists, inventors and risk takers who leave a lasting mark and legacy. From the Wright Brothers to Henry Ford to Jonas Salk to Bill Gates, great leaders have emerged to make our country and the world a better place.
A society that embraces and cherishes cultural traditions. From the crisp, fall evenings of Friday night high school football games to the annual family picnic at the lake on the Fourth of July, Americans cherish the opportunity to spend quality time with family in a wholesome and rewarding environment.
Professionals in their chosen field of expertise who contribute to the great quality of life that we enjoy in this country: Doctors, attorneys, law enforcement officials, and of course, farmers and other agricultural specialists who put food on our table and allow us to remain healthy and strong. Remember the farmers at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Let us always pause and give thanks for the military personnel, past and present that have answered the call and stepped forward to defend our nation's freedoms and principles.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, please remember the blessings from God that we enjoy as Americans.
Clint Smith is a Dawsonville resident who is currently an active duty member of the Georgia Air National Guard at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta. He is also a former state representative.