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In Memoriam

Posted on Sun Sep 11th, 2016 @ 9:34pm by Captain Oliver Lee PhD

On this 15th Anniversary of 9/11, I still cannot bring myself to the memorial site in downtown Manhattan to pay a more personal tribute as the painful memory of that day still weighs on me. Nevertheless I would like to invite everyone to join me in taking a moment - however briefly - to remember those we lost that day, especially the brave souls of Flight 93 and the first responders whose selfless sacrifice averted an even greater tragedy.

And whatever our political persuasions, whatever our creeds, let us not forget, too, the men and women who continue to risk their lives for their country and for the ideals it stands for, however imperfectly, for "paradise does not exist, but we must nonetheless strive to be worthy of it." (Jules Renard)

Since that day fifteen years ago we have persevered, we have struggled, we have prevailed, we have stumbled, and it is still too soon to grasp all the ramifications of it all, but it is my hope that history will remember us as coming out of this tragedy stronger, better, and freer, not just America, but the world as well.

And to my city, to New York, may she forever stand tall and proud:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Captain Oliver A. Lee
CO, USS Arcadia NCC-89015

 

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