Boone County residents were urged to continue standing up for American ideals, despite the wave of terrorism that began on Sept. 11, 2001 and continues across the world today.
An estimated 60 to 70 people attended the annual Freedom Walk and Patriot Day program on the courthouse grounds Sunday afternoon, Sept. 10.
“Our enemies can attack from anywhere at any time . . . but we do have a say in how we respond,” said guest speaker Paul Hosford. “Let’s honor all those whose lives have been lost and all those who have lost loved ones to terror, let us honor all those who must deal with injury and disability as a result of fighting against terror, and let us honor all those who are risking their lives this very moment to protect us from terror, by remaining true in our hearts to our American ideals of freedom, justice, equality and acceptance.”
The greatest threat we face is from our own fear and hatred, he said. “It leads us to sacrifice freedom for the illusion of security.”
Hosford noted that the terrorist hijackings and crashes of 9/11 killed 2,996 people and wounded 6,000 others. The fight against terror since 9/11 has resulted in over 6,900 U.S. military casualties and over 52,000 wounded.
The misguided radicals attempt to instill fear in Americans, and make us give up some of our freedoms in order to feel more secure, he said.
See complete story in the Sept. 13 Albion News Print and E-editions.