In the wake of the gruesome beheading of American journalist,
James Wright Foley, it is important to remember that the growing
threat of radical Islam is very real.
Next month will mark 13 years since the tragic terror attacks on
September 11th, 2001 as well as two years since the
attacks in Benghazi. Evil is real and the threat of terrorism
With growing unrest in the Middle East as well as other
international crises, it is imperative that we are active in our
efforts to combat these threats and to send a message that America
is truly exceptional.
Since 2003, student activists at more than 200 schools across
the country participate in Young America's
Foundation's 9/11 Never Forget Project each year.
The students proudly display 3,000 flags on their campuses in order
to remember the innocent people that were murdered at the hands of
radical Islamists. This project is designed to create
awareness and to show the world what makes America great is our
This millennial generation is a generation that weathered the
tragedy of September 11, but refuses to be defined by it.
Many college-age students today were around seven years old on
September 11, 2001 and the reality of that day had a very real
impact. We need to remember 9/11 for what it was, an act of
terror by radical militants who hate America. If we allow
people to forget what happened, the radical Islamists
During a time when our country has become so politically correct
it is hard to find campuses that have their own 9/11 memorial
services let alone any projects that commemorate the American lives
lost. The misrepresentation of 9/11 does not do justice to the
significance of that day.
If it weren't for young conservative activists 9/11 would pass
by unnoticed by most students on college and high school campuses
nationwide. Schools largely ignored the anniversary of 9/11
and even worse some professors
blame America for the attacks. The Obama administration
has even tried to change the meaning of 9/11 by turning the
anniversary into a politically correct "national day of
service". They would likes us to forget not just the nature
of the attacks, but how the Left denounced our country just days
after when many Americans were coming together in community to
showcase their patriotism.
Our country, now more than ever, is in desperate need of
leadership. We have a President who consistently leads from
behind when it comes to foreign policy. It is the brave men
and women who are willing to take a stand for freedom that are
truly leading by example.
They cannot silence us, they will not win, and America will
continue to be the shining city upon the hill as President Reagan
once said. May we never forget and may we never stop fighting
for justice. We will not be defeated, we will stand up, and we will
continue defend freedom in the face of evil.
Ashley Pratte is the Spokeswoman for Young America's
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