Eight Years

It is difficult to believe that this marks the eight year anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.  It is a day to remember, to reflect and to be reminded of the importance of national security.

Our thoughts are with those who were killed and those who survived.  And, with those who lost family and friends on that day.  But also with everyone else, since this was a day whose events were traumatic for all of America.  And, there are so many people whose places of work or residence were permanently impacted.  Among those, pilots, flight attendants, air traffic controllers, airport screeners and first responders. People who worked at the Pentagon and in lower Manhattan.  The residents of New York City, Washington DC, Arlington, VA and Shanksville, PA.

Memorials were held today in New York (via the Christian Science Monitor), Arlington (via NPR News) and Pennsylvania (via USA Today).  Plenty of other communities have found ways to mark this day as well.

CIA Director, Leon Panetta, sent an email message to agency staff yesterday (text via CBS News), highlighting the role of intelligence in strengthening national security.

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