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March 24, 2003 Herald Journal
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Have you forgotten?

By RYAN GUENINGSMAN

We are at war. Everyone is aware of this. Some like the fact that we are in Iraq, some do not.

Everyone has an opinion on whether we should be there or we shouldn't be there. It was not my decision to make, but I respect the man who has made the decision and I stand behind him.

Already over a year past, the events of Sept. 11, 2001 will be forever etched into our memories.

Seeing people jumping out of high-story windows, the heroic firefighters, policemen, and emergency personnel who either lost their lives or risked their lives to save others, and the many other horrific images seen by millions across the world painted a picture of what evil is. It's a picture that almost none of us as Americans wanted to see.

This is not another sympathy column, or a column telling you what to think. Every person has his or her owns thoughts and feelings on where the world is at today ­ and rightly so.

Why are we in Iraq? It wasn't until I heard a song by Winstock performer Darryl Worley that really reminded me of why President Bush is going about this the way he is.

It's not a "preachy" song, rather it serves as the reminder I think a lot of us need about what happened on that day.

People (me included) changed for several days, weeks, and even months after the attacks. People came to remember on the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

But how many of us still take our freedoms for granted, and still may not totally appreciate what people before us have done and gone through to give us what we have today?

Worley's song asks the simple question, "Have You Forgotten?" It's a good reminder of why things are happening the way they are today.

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