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The Significance of 9/11, 18 Years Later...

We are destroyed as a nation if we ever forget.

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Nearly 20 years after the tragedy of 9/11, there is a political temptation to sanitize or diminish the reality of what occurred on that horrific day and who was responsible.

WIBC host Tony Katz told listeners Monday how he ensures that his children understand the significance of 9/11 and why it's so important to be intentional in your remembrance 18 years later.

"When Representative Ilhan Omar referred to September 11th as 'some people did something,' it was to push this idea of somehow maybe forget, maybe diminish, maybe lessen 'this is why it was so absolutely reprehensible and still is reprehensible for so many people.' Because that concept does us no good; it is value-less. As a matter of fact, we are destroyed as a nation if we forget. So we don't. So we bring it up on this show. I bring it up on another show. I will sit down with my children and engage this conversation of what happened to America, who did this to America, and how America responded. 

I think that's the only option. And when people come forward to say 'some people did something,' or 'Oh, it was then. What are you still talking about it for?' and 'Can we just not be so depressed?' [I say] I'm not depressed. I'm aware. And because of the people on Flight 93 who crashed that plane in Shanksville, PA, I'm alive. I'm alive because I was in Washington D.C. on September 11th. I was at 9th & E, nine blocks from the Capitol and seven blocks from the White House... And that plane was heading for Washington D.C. Maybe it was heading for the White House; maybe it was heading for the White House; maybe it would have missed and crashed somewhere else - possibly at 9th & E. I'm alive because of those people."

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