Today, of course, is the fourteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. In light of that somber anniversary, we here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. pause to reflect on the day and the lives lost. We also direct your attention to a prior post in which we quoted the words of Baylor Law School professor Gerald Powell who, in a commencement speech in February 2002, offered these words:
You can no longer focus on just yourself, on your career, or even on just your own family. More will be asked of you. As Americans, and especially as lawyers, you will carry with you great responsibilities. After September 11, each of you must be willing to stand guard over our liberty, to serve your country selflessly, and, if the need arises, be a hero.
Each of us must take our turn as sentinels. And as lawyers we have our own post to man. Our watch is over the Constitution. Our perimeter is the outposts of liberty. Our weapon is the law. Our mission is to see that justice is done.
[W]e also hope that each of you will have inside of you that seed of heroism perhaps dormant until a moment of truth, when it will spring forth in the energizing light of adversity to give us the hero we need. And until that time comes, or whether it ever comes, we hope and pray that you will act heroically in the conduct of your everyday lives, professional, public and personal.
You can read our post on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 here.