On September 8, a ruling was handed down regarding a white supremacist who brutally attacked and murdered two people at our Community Center, mere blocks from our home. Our Community Center is a wonderful place, a place we frequent, and we were there just days before.
He was sentenced to death for hate crimes and terrorist acts against a race of people he wishes exterminated. Sadly, his response was one of satisfaction. He wishes to become a "martyr for the cause."
The second event occurred just yesterday when the FBI arrested a man in Florida planning a terrorist attack for today, in our hometown, at an event to raise funds for the people of 9/11. We are thankful he was caught, but are reminded for the need to stay aware of an enemy no one has ever courted and for whom we wish no harm.
And so, especially on this day, this year, we remember.
We remember, we mourn, and we pray for a day when this kind of vigilance is no longer needed.