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"I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people -- and the people who knocked these
buildings down will hear all of us soon!" - President George W. Bush (09-14-01)
The ABC's of Patriotism for the Post-9/11 Generation
By Stacie and Carrie Stoelting
Right after Osama bin Laden died, FOX News invited us to represent and activate the post-9/11 generation. As young women (and sisters),
we’re unashamedly passionate about our faith and freedoms.
Interviewers asked and continue to
ask us, "What made you, two young people, so passionate about your country and veterans?" Well, our boldness and
priorities accelerated when we witnessed a fatal accident. We prayed with the victim to receive Christ. And then he bled to
The phenomenally horrific experience taught us a lifetime of lessons in a few minutes. It traumatized us. But
it also awakened us to what's most important in life. We now appreciate veterans (who witnessed far worse) and share Jesus
while there's still time. It also amped up our appreciation for our blood-bought freedoms in America.
Memories -both personal and
national- flooded us as we flew to NYC. We remembered 9/11. And we made a solemn trip to Ground Zero.
We must not forget: 2,752 died
on 9/11. 2,752. These could have been your loved ones, your co-workers, your friends.
than half of our hometown in Iowa. Walls of photos of the dead encircle visitors at the temporary visitor's center near Ground
Zero. (You may view pictures and read about them here.) One widow of a firefighter said something that stuck on our minds and hearts:
"I knew that Terry would have been on one of the highest floors,
that's just what Rescue 1 would do. When the building came down, I grabbed the dust on the ground and thought, 'He's in the
dust.'" -Beth Petrone Hatton, widow of Captain Terry Hatton, FDNY
Oh, yes... 9/11 happened. Like it or not, we must
remember...and act proactively to prevent future attacks and freedom losses. The Bible says, "Do
not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21, ESV).
9/11 must never happen again. Will
you help us as we begin a fresh campaign to activate the post-9/11 generation to become positive, freedom-fighting patriots?
We humbly ask you to support us with prayer and to simply share our cause with others. (Our cause and site, www.UnitetheUSA.org, provide lots of tips and truths to activate people to become proactive, positive patriots of faith. You can also find us on Facebook.) It's time to put on our "boxing gloves" and fight for justice, life, and freedom before it's too
We once rode on a plane with someone around our age. She didn't know much about our country.
It startled us. What if people hadn't taught us about America's history and heritage? We must learn and then share. Why? Well,
ignorance-caused apathy is a serious disease.
Apathy kills countries. We must not allow apathy to dominate
our lives. We must act and not wait to "react" to another crisis.
To kick start our campaign to
activate the Post-9/11 Generation, we hope you'll share the ABC's of positive patriotism and actions. Yes, it's as simple
as the ABC's!
ABC's of Positive Patriotism
Act. Don't just talk. Act. Attend town hall meetings, always vote -even in primaries and mid-term elections.
Call and write your Congressman about your concerns. Educate yourself about American history and government. (Through education,
you will discover more ways to make your voice heard.) Always vote --even in primaries and mid-term elections. Be aware of
the news and understand what is happening in Congress and the state legislature.
Be bold (and respectful). For example, if you are aware of legislation that is either in committee or
coming up for a vote, you will be able to contact the appropriate offices to express your opinion and back it up with facts.
Connect kindly. Connect with your Congressmen and women. Often, their offices correspond more than you'd
expect! Meet your representatives and establish a rapport. And, of course, connect with them on Facebook and share with your
friends. Most of all and first of all, connect with God. (Learn more about how to know Him by clicking here.)
young people, we must pick up the torch and stand for liberty! Like 9/11 hero Todd Beamer, we all need to say, "Let's
roll!" With God as our guide, we can unite the USA to fight for freedoms today!