Remember Our Heritage: Liberty and Freedom

By Angela Wittman

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"On the morning of Sept. 11, American Airlines ground manager Michael Woodward received a phone call that immediately got his full attention....."Listen, and listen to me very carefully. I'm on Flight 11. The airplane has been hijacked," said the voice on the other end. The caller was Amy Sweeney, a flight attendant on board American Airlines Flight 11, which had just been hijacked on its way from Boston to Los Angeles. Over the next 25 minutes, Sweeney, a 13-year veteran with the airline, calmly relayed information to Woodward that would later be crucial in helping the FBI identify the men who hijacked the plane and flew it into the north tower of the World Trade Center....... Woodward said Sweeney spoke "very, very calmly... in a way which was quick but calm." She gave him the seat numbers for four of the five hijackers, allowing airline staff to pull up their names, phone numbers, addresses - and even credit card numbers - on the reservations computer. One of the names that came up was Mohamed Atta, the man the FBI would later identify as the leader of all 19 of the Sept. 11 hijackers.....Woodward asked Sweeney to look out of the window and see if she could tell what was going on. "I see the water. I see the buildings. I see buildings," she told him...... Sweeney told Woodward the plane was flying very low. Then, he said, "She took a very slow, deep breath and then just said, 'Oh, my God!' Very slowly, very calmly, very quietly. It wasn't in panic." Those were the last words Woodward heard. "Seconds later," he said, "there was a very, very loud static on the other end."

(Taken from the article,"AA Flight 11 Crew Sent Key Details Calm Before the Crash" by Captain Jim Grove.)

Dear Friends,

As we near the anniversary date of 9-11 and remember those slain; let us also reflect upon our Godly and Christian Heritage and the founding men and women that laid down their very lives to give us a heritage of liberty and freedom.

One of those freedoms is the God-given command to protect your family and yourself.

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution says: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

This is a right of the American people that the government is not to abuse.

Let us consider this quote from Founding Father Thomas Jefferson: "In questions of power....let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution."

As we are made more aware of President Bush's war on terrorism plans and hear of "Homeland Security" measures being proposed and implemented; may we not forget the words of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin who warned, "That they would give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

And as the debate over allowing airline pilots to be armed heats up, let us reflect upon the words of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote in a letter to Justice John Cartwright on June 5, 1824: "The constitutions of most of our states assert that all power is inherent in the people; that...it is their right and duty to be at all times armed..."

Or the words of Patrick Henry, "The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun," spoken during the debates at the Constitutional convention in 1836.

Dear Friends,

Please be aware that it is our God given right and duty to be armed.

How have we been deceived into thinking that we must depend upon the government to protect us at all times as we are not to be trusted with the responsibility and right to keep and bear Arms?

Let us remember that we are responsible as U.S. citizens and we must protect our heritage of liberty and freedom for future generations.

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Originally published in 2002. Updated 11.07.2013.

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