Saturday, September 16, 2006

"World Trade Center" ... never forget

I went to see the movie "World Trade Center" tonight. It is a powerful, moving film about the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 ... and the two Port Authority police officers who were buried in the rubble and survived.

It's another movie every American should see to remember that we are at war ... and why.

In it we saw Marine SSgt. Dave Carnes who went back into active duty when 9/11 occurred ... he knew that day that America was at war ... and the movie shows how he traveled to the WTC to help in the massive search and rescue mission. He was one of two Marines who discovered the Port Authority officers buried 20 plus feet under mounds of jumbled concrete and steele. The officers yelled, "Don't leave us! Don't leave us!"

SSgt. Carnes called to them, "We're not going anywhere! We're the United States Marines. You ... are our mission."

At the end of the movie, as rescuers surveyed the jumble of rubble and jagged steel that was once the Twin Towers, he said, "We're going to need good men to avenge this."

I reached for the arm of my movie partner sitting beside me ... Rhonda Winfield.

Rhonda's 19-year-old son, Lance Cpl. Jason Redifer, was killed at the age of 19 in Iraq.

Jason was one of those good men.

Rhonda and I wept as events played out in front of us ... even though we knew the story and how it would turn out ... the sheer tragedy of it all washed through us ... and as we left the theater we looked at each other ... we were drained.

When we returned to the van, emotionally spent, Rhonda looked at me and said, "That movie makes me angry ... not at the terrorists ... but at the Americans who don't get it."

We are at war.

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