Never forget ... 9-11-01.
The students in Richland 2 schools hadn't even been born yet. Others alive today weren't old enough to understand what really happened that day.
When you see the U.S. Flag today, lowered for Patriot Day, pause in your travels and think about what this Flag and the U.S.A. mean to you.
The U.S.A. has enemies today, and not all are foreign enemies. We must protect ourselves against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic.
Today there are domestic enemies. They are in Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, Kenosha, Chicago, Atlanta. Some were even here in Columbia. And some still are.
I heard this years ago - "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." A wise Irish judge and politician said it. John Philpot Curran (1750-1817).