Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Anniversary of 9-11 a Time to Reflect on American Unity

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Anniversary of 9-11 a Time to Reflect on American Unity

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Three years ago under a beautiful autumn sky, our lives were forever changed by the actions of a few individuals seeking to disrupt and ultimately destroy our country. But rather than divide us, the attacks brought us together, as people shared vigils, attended prayer services, reached out to one another and proudly displayed the American flag on their front porches. It was a united front in support of all Americans.

An enduring image of that time is of members of Congress coming together as one, briefly putting aside partisan politics in the best interest of the nation.

Similarly, in cities and towns across the nation, local leaders reached across partisan politics and jurisdictional lines to meet the challenge of improving hometown security for all our citizens.

It is particularly important, during this highly charged partisan political period, to have that same bipartisan commitment to promote the general welfare of the nation.

In issuing his call to support the American Dream Campaign, National League of Cities President Charles Lyons, selectman, Arlington, Mass., is seeking to eliminate the inequalities in our society and to close the divide between haves and have-nots to build one America.

"We don't have all the answers or a formula for fixing these enormous problems," Lyons said in a recent Nation's Cities Weekly President's Column. "But a 'collective will' resonating from cities and towns across the country is an important way to call attention to the challenges, to demonstrate our commitment to be part of the solution and to begin to work on strategies that will keep the American dream alive in the 21st century. …

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