Commemorating 9/11 at Hillsdale College
As I indicated in a recent post, I'm currently attending a symposium on the Vietnam War at Hillsdale College in Michigan. Hillsdale is one of the oldest conservative leaning and, I would argue, classically liberal (it began as an abolitionist school and was one of the first to admit both black and female students) colleges in the nation and, coming from San Francisco, it's a real pleasure to be among such likeminded company.
It's also the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and, as one might expect for such a setting, a fitting commemoration was held on campus today. It was a moving affair, put on members of the Young America's Foundation and attended by students and faculty alike. Small American flags lined the walkways leading up to the grassy park-like area in front of the campus clock tower where it was held. An American flag hung at half mast and, although it's been overcast lately, the sun was shining brightly over it all. A priest delivered a short prayer, a member of the faculty - hearkening back to the Founding Fathers for inspiration - spoke a few words, and a small student choir sang the entire "Star Spangled Banner."
Seeing all the patriotic young people in attendance, I couldn't help but feel a sense of hope for the next generation. Unlike myself, the students at Hillsdale are not burdened with the anti-American indoctrination from which it took me the horrors of 9/11 to awaken. And as they make their way out into the world, becoming everyday citizens, future policy makers, and maybe even presidents, our country will be better off for it.