From Judith Rochelle
September 11, 2007 | Interviews
Good Morning, Everyone,
Six years ago today terrorists who hated what the United States of America stands for committed a horrific act on our soil. Although Ground Zero, the former site of the Twin Towers, is the most visible sign of that act, a plane also destroyed part of the Pentagon and some very brave people crashed the plane headed for the Capitol. There are some important things to remember from that disaster. First of all, we are no longer safe on our own soil. This is no longer a battle fought “over there.” People who hate us think nothing of crossing our borders with intent to kill. Secondly, if not for the bravery of our armed forced, our safety would be far less secure than it is now. These brave men and women stand at duty in places of the world many of us never knew existed, under barely tolerable conditions, to destroy those who would destroy us, and protect those who support the United states and its Allies. Third, we must never forget the firemen, policemen and other volunteers who rushed to Ground Zero and for whom that day will always remain a nightmare. We owe them a debt we will never be able to repay.
Recently, as a writer, I wondered what I could do to bring home to my readers the important role these men and women play in our lives. And so, with a slight change in the direction of my writing, I have begun to write books whose heroes are Army Rangers, members of Delta Force, Special Ops, Force Recon Marines and SEALs. I hope that in my own small way I am able to bring to my readers a picture of what these people stand for and what they symbolize to this country.
Today I ask all of you, writers and readers alike, to take one minute of your time to honor both those who have died at Ground Zero and in the protection of our country, and those who still continue to serve. Without them we wouldn’t be sitting here writing our books and reading them.
We will resume Judith’s interview in the morning.