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There Was a Time

There was a time when many of us looked to the Twin Towers as stately New York City landmarks.

There was a time when National Guardsmen did not stand watch at transportation hubs.

There was a time when we were not on the lookout for suspicious packages.

There was a time when 9/11 was just an ordinary date on the calendar.

There was a time when we were able to enter buildings without going through metal detectors or having our bags examined at the door.

There was a time when air travelers didn't have to remove shoes and belts and pocket change before being allowed to board a plane. And we never thought twice about bringing a bottle of water or baby formula. And we traveled with the same size containers and bottles we had purchased from the store - without benefit of clear quart-size zip bags.

There was a time when we didn't have to worry about the demands of TSA agents or standing in a puffing-air cylinder that exposes all. Just ten years ago, there was no TSA! There was no Department of Homeland Security! The Transportation Security Administration was created after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to strengthen the security of the nation's transportation systems. A year-and-a-half later, the TSA was moved to the Department of Homeland Security. That organization was created on November 25, 2002 by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, unifying the nation's response to threats to the homeland.

There was a time when what couldn't happen here happened here. Life as we knew it changed forever on September 11, 2001. We lost our innocence, our serenity, our complacency.

National Day of Service and Remembrance

In 2009, by act of Congress, the eighth anniversary of 9/11 became the first officially designated National Day of Service and Remembrance.

It is a time to mourn the devastating loss of life associated with the terrorist acts of 9/11, as well as the loss of life by members of our armed forces who selflessly responded to the call of the defense of our nation.

It is a day to remember the valor of the firefighters, police, and other first responders who did what they could in the chaos and devastation of that day.

It is a day to honor the heroes who prevented one of the four hijacked planes from reaching its target.

It is a day to salute the selflessness of our fellow citizens who attended to and cared for others during and in the aftermath of the attacks.

It is a day to thank all the men and women from civilian services around the world who worked with local agencies and citizens in rescue and recovery.

It is a day of reverence undefiled by politics or commerce.

It is a day of determination to counteract the terrorist acts with good deeds and volunteer activities.

It is a day to merge our lingering sorrow with a sense of commitment and purpose.

It is a day for each of us to create a lasting and ongoing legacy - rekindling the spirit of service, tolerance, and compassion that unified the United States and the world after 9/11.

Your Story: Will You Share It with Us?

There are thousands of personal narratives from September 11, 2001: of loss, of survival, of heroism, and of eyewitness accounts. Glendale and serve the military community. So many of our customers have fought the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Too many are still stationed there. Both at home and abroad we have been affected by the horrific events of that day. Won't you share your stories with us for publication in future Buglers? We'll use your name if you wish, or keep it private if that's your preference. Send them to

Flags at half staff on Patriot Day

Remember to fly the United States flag at half staff all day on September 11th in memory of those who lost their lives that tragic day.

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