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Keep fighting those battles

This past Monday, the six-month anniversary of the World Trade Center bombings was commemorated.

On the streets of New York, several who had lost family and friends joined together with visitors, city and state officials in the resurrection of the World Trade Center Sphere.

When built in 1971, the sphere was said to symbolize world peace through trade, as did the Twin Towers. During the bombings, the sphere was damaged through the center from debris. However, the material used to make the sphere, bronze, held fast, and allowed the structure to stay intact.

Much like the sphere, Americans, too, have remained intact, by coming together and feeling the pain, suffering and loss of those who watched as their loved ones were trapped inside a falling, burning building.

Upon his last visit to Greenville, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said this war is not over

it has only just begun.

And he is right.

Things have changed in America since the bombings, such as increased deployment of military units, increased safety standards for airlines and public buildings and increased fear of terrorism.

The American spirit and passion that is known throughout the United States also has changed. We are stronger now, and we continue to pull together to fight against terrorism throughout not only the nation, but the world.

We will not forget. In fact, we will continue to remember and strive for peace throughout the world.

To all Americans, remember, in a time of tragedy is when We the People are the strongest.

Keep fighting the battles.