Eleven years have passed since the 9/11 Islamic extremists' terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and the crash of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 into a farmer's field near Shanksville, Somerset County.
Last year's 10th anniversary memorial tributes to those lost in the tragedy were televised; I doubt there will be as much broadcast this year.
The pain and sense of loss, however, continues for the families and the survivors.
Politics, lawsuits, design disputes and money squabbles delayed construction of the new Freedom Tower, renamed by the Port Authority of New York in 2009 to "1 World Trade Center."
By Sept. 11, 2011, a decade after the destruction of the original World Trade Center, 1 World Trade Center's steel reached the 82nd floor, its concrete flooring had reached the 72nd floor and glass overlay reached the 56th floor.
On Aug. 17 of this year, the steel had been installed to the 105th floor, reaching a height of 1,368 feet.
The tower's concrete flooring had been installed to the 94th floor and the glass panels stretched to the 82nd floor.
A 408-foot radio antenna is expected to be installed before the end of this summer.
Completion of the building, with its spire reaching a symbolic 1,776 feet, is expected at the end of next year.
The site's National September 11 Memorial and Museum was designed to provide a place of solice and for remembrance.
The memorial, which opened Sept. 12, 2011, is located on the site of the original Twin Towers, an 8-acre plaza.
Names of the 2,981 people who died on 9/11, and the six people who died in the bombing of the World Trade Center Feb. 26, 1993, are inscribed on parapets topping the memorial's pools
The museum, which will feature artifacts, personal effects and interactive displays, is designed to teach future generations about 9/11 and the WTC's first attack.
Its opening, originally scheduled for this month, has been delayed due to squabbles over construction costs between the governors of New York and New Jersey and the mayor of New York City.
If two U.S. governors and the mayor of this country's largest city cannot settle their squabbles over money, how does this country ever expect to be free from the threat of future terrorists' attacks?
Republicans gathered for their convention Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla., as Hurricane Isaac brought wind and rain before heading to the Gulf Coast.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were chosen as their party's nominees for president and vice president, respectfully.
The Democratic National Convention, which began Labor Day in Charlotte, N.C., ends Sept. 6.
President Barack Obama will surely be chosen by his delegates. Joe Biden, in all likelihood, will be Obama's pick to serve another four years as vice president.
With only 60 days remaining before the general election, voters need to decide which candidate for president will best represent their views.
Whether it be the economy, jobs or something else, Americans will have the opportunity Nov. 6 to make their voices heard.
For me, a militarily secure nation is a safe nation in which to live and thrive.