Another Sept. 11 came and went this week. For many of us, terrorist threats are far from our minds these days.
The threats, however, haven't gone away, and neither have the reminders of America's fight against terrorism.
It is appropriate that we remember the more than 10,000 people who have been victims of the war against us by terrorists, just since Sept. 11, 2001.
Nearly 3,000 men, women and children died in the initial attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania. Among them were more than 400 firefighters, paramedics and police officers.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have claimed the lives of 6,551 U.S. service men and women. Thousands more have been maimed in body and mind.
And in a world where it sometimes seems we Americans have few real friends, it is important to note several other countries still have troops serving with ours in Afghanistan. Great Britain, our firmest ally, has lost 606 troops fighting shoulder to shoulder with ours.
We should remind ourselves of the horror of Sept. 11 and the heavy price paid to keep us safe - to allow most Americans to live "normal" lives.
America must remember to never let down its guard. The threat from terrorism indeed exists today.