Will Kraus PictureTen years ago, the United States of America suffered perhaps the most devastating blow in our nation’s history.  Wars have been larger and more lives have been lost, but on the morning of September 11, 2001, our sense of safety and security was forever skewed in just a few moments.  Looking back, we can see the weave of change in the fabric of our nation — all of which began that day.

Many of us felt those changes personally, as your sons or daughters, husbands or wives, relatives or friends went to protect our freedoms, either in Afghanistan or in Iraq.  As I rode with the first wave of troops into Iraq, I knew our purpose had become larger than just protecting our shores.  We had a responsibility to fight back against terrorism at all levels, not just for ourselves, but for the world.

Many of us felt those changes as our concept of protection changed.  New laws have been passed; new procedures put in place.  None will ever guarantee our safety, but they may decrease the odds of repeating that horrifying morning.  The struggle to find the right balance between liberty and protection may never end.

Many of us felt the nation come together in the days following 9/11 in an incredible, but brief, feeling of shared vision.  While that may not have lasted, it did give us a glimpse at what could be.

As we pause to remember, whether at official ceremonies or in solitary moments, I hope that we remember those who lost their lives and their families.  I pray that we remember how we felt that morning and reflect on those emotions today.  I ask that you somehow honor my fellow armed forces members who have served nobly in the time since, continue to do so today, and the many who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

9/11 Ceremony

The City of Lee’s Summit is hosting a 10-year memorial ceremony for 9/11 called “A Time of Reflection.”  The event will be held at the Lee’s Summit City Hall Plaza, 220 SE Green Street from 7-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2011.  For more information, call 816-969-1000 or go to www.cityofls.net.

Please feel free to contact the 8th Senatorial District’s Capitol office with any questions or concerns at any time. We look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions and trying to answer any questions you may have. You can reach us by phone at 573-751-1464, or e-mail at will.kraus@senate.mo.gov.