International Day of Peace

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All We Are Saying Is Give Peace a Chance.  Thank you, John Lennon. 

Today, September 21st is the International Day of Peace.  The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001, the GA by unanimous vote established September 21st as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.  The UN invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the International Day of Peace.

source: http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/background.shtml

How do you believe in peace while also believing in protecting Americans at home and abroad?  How do you believe in peace while expecting and insisting on retribution for Americans that are murdered by terrorists?  I have absolutely no idea.  Peace is an ideal not easily created or maintained.

Support the Troops.  Give Peace a Chance.  God Bless America!

On a separate but similar note, just a few days ago, we had the birth of a baby panda here in Washington, DC.  So far, so good for the health of the mama and baby panda.  In 1972 President Nixon was given two giant pandas, Ling-Ling and Hsin-Hsing by the People’s Republic of China.  The pandas were given to the U.S.  as a symbol of friendship following the President’s goodwill trip to China.  40 years later we are still in love with, and captivated by the pandas.  Maybe it’s just me, but today, I’ll refer to them as the Peace Panda. 

Happy International Day of Peace!

***Update on 9/24/12  Sadly, the baby panda did not survive 😦

11 Years After…

I have always been very cognizant of the number 11.  The simple reason for that is because I was born on November 11th.  That’s right, I was born on 11/11.  Because of that, I always thought of 11 as my lucky number.  It also happens to be Veteran’s Day.  As a child growing up, I always thought that was special.  Being the child that I was,  I’m sure that it was not due to any recognition of those that served, it was merely good fortune to not have school on my birthday. 

11 years ago today was the infamous 9/11 tragedies.    Who of us could have conceived of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, much less attacks of that magnitude?   Like many, I was in disbelief.  The day’s events all seemed so surreal.   We were all concerned for those that lost their lives in this unimaginable catastrophe. It was a shocking and frightful day, one that U.S. citizens have never experienced before, and hopefully will never experience again.

To some it may seem that 9/11 was long ago, while others may feel like it was “just yesterday”.  Sadly, far too many people lost parents and children, brothers and sisters, friends and loved ones that day.  As Americans, we will always remember 9/11, and we will always feel a little changed for it.

Today, 11 years after 9/11, as on every 9/11, we pay tribute.  To those that lost, and those that served, to Americans and to the rest of the world, today and all days, we proudly say it out loud and feel it in our hearts, God Bless America!