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SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

GROUND ZERO PLUS 1200 DAYS,--New York, NY, Saturday, December 25, 2004--Today is Christmas. It is a special day for millions who celebrate it as the birth of Christ. It also happens to be exactly 1200 days from Ground Zero, the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States that left nearly 3,000 dead in a matter of minutes.

I vowed to keep alive those who perished on NineEleven

I was at the epicenter of the World Trade Center attack. On that day I vowed to keep alive the memory of the Sentinels of Vigilance--the thousands who died that day at the hands of terrorism's helmsmen. Some 2,595 died in the World Trade Center, 125 perished in the Pentagon, plus Flt. 11 with 92 aboard, Flt. 175 with 65, Flt. 77 with 64 and the 45 passengers aboard Flt. 93 who fought the hijackers and forced the crash of Flt. 93 in Shanksville, Penn, that was zeroed in on the White House.

I continue to believe the Sentinels of Vigilance are the spirits of all those men and women--fathers, mothers, grandparents, uncles, aunts and loved ones--whose lives were sacrificed on September 11, 2001 so that we, the living, might remember that Terrorism exists at our doorstep. The mission of each Sentinel of Nine Eleven is to keep us constantly alert to defending our homes from Fear, Intimidation and Complacency--the Triads of Terrorism. If we are Vigilant about how we live and act, then Terrorism will have little chance against us.

We best achieve a strong stance against Terrorism by taking the Pledge of Vigilance--a daily reminder to us that the greatest defense against Terrorism of all sizes and shapes is a strong offense.

Practicing the Principles of Vigilance--using Courage to override Fear, employing Conviction to knock the legs out from under Intimidation, and undermining Complacency by always taking Right Actions that benefit the Children's Children's Children--we ward off not only the threat of Physical Terrorism, but also its insidious handmaiden, Emotional Terrorism.

If there was a message of great import left in the rubble of Nine Eleven, it was the Sentinel's of Vigilance concern that each and every parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, relative and loved one help protect the children from Terrorism's claws and fangs.

The message left by the Sentinels of Vigilance was to protect the children from the fangs of The Beast of Terror

These claws and fangs include creating or perpetuating a child's Fear, Intimidation and Complacency either through acts of omission or commission by parents and guardians. The Sentinels of Vigilance cringe when a parent says to a child: "Don't bother me, I'm busy..." Or, "I wish you were more like...." Or, "It's too bad you're not as smart as..."

There are countless other acts of "subtraction" that leave a child wondering if he or she is safe in a world that revolves around the ability of the parents to make the home safe not only physically but emotionally.

In the more than two-million words included in this website, any interested reader will find countless examples of how to identify "Terror Thoughts" that turn into "Terror Actions" and result in attacks on a child just as devastating to him or her as any Terrorist with a suicide bomb strapped around his or her chest, or holding a knife to the self-image throat of a child.

On this Christmas Day, we must not forget also that the deaths of the nearly 3,000 who died on September 11, 2001, were part of a global community.

They weren't just Americans or Christians who died at the hands of Terrorism. The World Trade Center was filled with people from all lands, all beliefs, all cultures.

Our world is one of diversity

Our world is not one homogenous mixture. It is filled with diversity. Christianity, for example, represents only a third of the world's religious believers and there are some recognized 37,000 different variations of it. Of the 6 billion plus people on this planet, about 2 billion call themselves Christians. The second largest religion of the 19 major ones is Islam with 1.2 billion. It is followed in size by those who claim no religion and represent 925 million. Hinduism boasts 786 million, Buddhism 362 million and Atheists claim a population of 211 million. Judaism has 18 million members.

All major beliefs were represented on September 11, 2001. This is symbolic that Terrorism knows no borders. It is a self-serving, self-seeking virus that grows out of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency and attempts to lord those Triads of Terrorism over the heads of all who fall within its shadow.

The same is true of a household where the parents and guardians neglect to protect a child from the whips of Terrorism. When the primary mission of a parent or guardian IS NOT the safety and security of a child's Emotional Vigilance, then the child is left to fend for himself or herself in the world of Emotional Terrorism.

It is here the Beast of Terror feeds upon the child's nubile soul without threat or danger of being exposed. Like a termite eating freely at the foundation of a structure, the Beast of Terror does its best to cannibalize the child's self respect, self will, self appreciation and turn the child into a slave of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.

On December 25, 2004, now 1200 days from Ground Zero, September 11, 2001, we need to reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas. That includes separating the idea that Christmas is a religious holiday. It is one of many different religious holidays that all people can respect and pay tribute to those who celebrate it.

At the World Trade Center the diverse beliefs of the victims was part of the culture. It brought people from different walks of life together and reminded them that all people can live together as one and yet retain their differences. What glues all peoples as one is not their differences but their similarities.

The most similar part of all humanity is a child.

Children are innocent.

They are pure.

The baby in the manger is symbolic of the birth of innocence

They have formed no prejudices, no bigotries, no opinions in favor of or against any belief system. They are the clay of the future, molded by the hands of their parents and guardians.

This innocence is what Christmas is about.

The baby in the manger is symbolic not of the birth of a new religion, but of the birth of innocence.

All children are born the same way.

And to these children we need to bring great gifts. The greatest gift we can bring to them is the one of Vigilance, and our vow to be their Sentinel of Vigilance.

If we do this, all people of all nations can celebrate Christmas....for the Sentinels of Vigilance are. They are celebrating the belief that it is our job on earth to protect the children from the Beast of Terror.

Happy Holiday.


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