As the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks nears, it's important to compare our patriotic attitudes then to our attitudes today.
Nine years ago, we vowed to never forget: To never forget how we felt as we collectively watched the Twin Towers collapse. To never forget that nearly 3,000 innocent lives were lost. And to never forget that more than 400 brave emergency workers lost their lives trying to save others.
We lit candles to memorialize the lost. We donated blood to help the survivors. We proudly displayed the Stars and Stripes on our cars, homes and persons. We gave money to 9/11 charities. We wrote thank you notes to our local police officers. We baked cookies for our firefighters. We wept as we remembered all those who lost their lives on that fateful day.