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September 11th, 2011

Posted on Sun Sep 11th, 2011 @ 1:24am by Rear Admiral Relau Chlan (Ret.)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Pausing for a moment today, I am struck by what I would like to write, what I feel is appropriate and what needs to be said. I have been thinking for a long time about what I should write here, and I still don't really have a definitive answer, so I will be writing today what is in my heart.

I remember where I was on September 11th, 2001. I was in school at the time. It was 5th grade for me, and our teacher had to try and explain to us through her tears what had just happened. There wasn't enough TVs in the school, so I remember being ushered into a room and sitting on a floor to watch the devastation unfold before my eyes. Those scenes are still with me, even today. I can remember it clearly.

I also remember the outpouring of concern and love from many people around the world who would share their sentiments with the United States. It wasn't just us that was attacked that day, it was a way of life, the very core that billions of people around the world hold as a reality, wish, or dream. Freedom.

I wish to make it extremely clear that I do not harbor any hate for those of the Muslim faith, nor do I feel like any Arabs are my enemies. I have grown up in an area where I was a minority in religion myself. I do not feel that hate is the way of life. I do believe that we as a world community need to come together again, so that we can show the people behind these terrible attacks that it is not alright to kill any living being, even if you think they are the source of all of their problems.

In this, I appreciate Star Trek. I appreciate Star Trek because the entire premise behind it is one of peace, exploration and quests for knowledge. I also believe that the opportunity that we have to be friends in this common goal is a sacred treasure of life. I know that my life has been changed from what I have done here, and I count each one of you as friends.

I appreciate Star Trek for its ability to bring people together across continents so that we can enjoy at least one thing, in whatever country you belong to and no matter what you believe.

And so it is with Star Trek, that we should also pause to remember the tragedy that befell 2,977 people that day, along with countless numbers of family members, the servicemen and women from free places everywhere, their families, and every single person that was affected by the attacks.

Please take a moment to remember them today. But, we must move on. Thus, I am not asking that we pause in posting. I am asking that we do not give this victory to those that would enjoy it. We should, in all things be looking to the future, and a better tomorrow for ourselves and our children.

I am reminded by this quote from the Spanish Jesuit priest Balthasar Gracin, uttered many years ago -

"Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and very tragic endings. What matters isn't being applauded when you arrive - for that is common - but being missed when you leave."

I appreciate every one of you for your dedication and understanding in this matter. As an American, and as a resident of this small planet orbiting the Sol System, I thank you for your understanding. And, as always, if you wish to talk, you know where to find me.

In Reflection,

William
Relau Chlan, CO

 

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