Trying to recapture that Sept. 12 feeling

It is likely that nearly everyone remembers where they were 10 years ago when the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. were attacked by a terrorist group and where a group of brave passengers on Flight 93 made the decision to rush the cockpit – giving their lives – to save others. But do you remember how you felt on Sept. 12?

There was a sense of camaraderie and togetherness – a closeness through patriotism that seems to have faded over the past decade.Looking back, do you still salute the flag or proudly wear your NYPD or NYFD T-shirts? When you are in a restaurant or on the street and you pass a police officer, do you still say “thank you” for their service? Do you still hold the same admiration for firefighters and other first responders that you did back then?

If not, you should.

Those same brave men and women who we all supported following the attacks on Sept. 11 are still risking their lives to protect us all today.Locally, our police and fire departments have seen their share of turmoil since 9/11 but that shouldn’t take away from the respect we should all have for the men and women working there. Despite the mistakes of a few, these are still the men and women who rush into the fire, try to stop the criminals and do their best to ensure our city is safe.

Over the past 10 years, there has been much debate about whether or not America, as a whole, is safe from terrorists that would like nothing more than to see the country destroyed. You don’t need the government to tell you the bad guys are still out there — that is a given.

With the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks looming, it’s hard not to get somewhat patriotic and honor those first responders mentioned above. But what about next week? Next month? Next year?

Our continued thanks should be shared with those men and women who protect this great nation.