September 11, 2001: Our First Duty Is To Remember

Each day I will try to stop at some point in my day and remember the people who have died in this effort, including those 3,000 whose lives were lost on September 11, 2001 so that the evil face of terrorism could be shown to the world for what it really is; so that the on-going Global War on Terrorism could be fought.

I will do this because I believe that, at the very least, the first duty of every American is to remember.

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine who also served for 15 years in municipal parks and recreation, is now a full-time photojournalist who lives in Beaufort, S.C.; he can be reached at (678) 350-8642 or email

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6 comments on “September 11, 2001: Our First Duty Is To Remember

  1. armywife on said:

    well said…I agree

  2. Richard Heaton on said:

    Having had two of my sons serve in Iraq, one a Marine, and the other with the 82nd Airborne, your message resonates loudly in my heart – we must always remember!

    • Mr. Heaton: thank you for raising two sons who are ready to defend those who often don’t know or appreciate the sacrifices made for freedom. Semper Fi, Randy

  3. Phil Marler on said:

    Thanks Randy.

  4. Dan Downey on said:

    Thank you for your heartfelt article.
    As others, I will always remember the day. I was is West Lafayette, Indiana and of all things setting up our display exhibit for our State of Indiana – Parks & Recreation Association’s Annual State Conference. Small American Flags (purchased at the local Wall Mart) were provided to each exhibitor and with good old duct tape, these flags were taped to the drapery posts at each exhibitors booth. The Trade Show aisles were lined with American Flags, it was a stunning site. This most tragic event brought folks together regardless if you were a Sales Person
    ( The “V” word – “Vendor”) or a Park & Recreation Professional, everyone banded together at our IPRA State Conference one that many of us will never forget.
    Thank you again for your wonderful article.
    Dan Downey; Miracle Recreation Sales Representative

    • Dan, thanks for your story – please share it with as many friends and family as you can so that we all continue to remember details, just as you have. Keep it up! Randy

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