Where were you 14 years ago today? That’s a question not many of us can remember right off the top of our heads, but if I say “Where were you on September 11, 2001, when terrorists struck our country?’ you would immediately remember.
Nineteen terrorists hijacked four passenger airliners. Two of the airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Another slammed into the Pentagon and the fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Many people lost their lives on 9-11.
That day caused us as a nation to collectively shake and tremble. It also strengthened our resolve to reach out to our friends, neighbors and fellow citizens to mourn and then stand tall together as Americans.
September 11 is recognized as Patriot Day. It is a day of reflection. It is also a day of service—a day to look beyond ourselves and volunteer to help those around us. That is something that our RMEF family members know very well. We have more than 11,000 dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to further our mission of ensuring the future of elk and elk country.
Join me on September 11 to pause, remember and honor those we lost 14 years ago. Then let’s keep moving forward together and recognize the freedom we enjoy as Americans. Let’s continue to make a difference by serving each other and the land and wildlife we love.
M. David Allen