Duty. Honor. Courage. Sacrifice.
We should take time to commemorate those who lived through the carnage and those who gave their lives six years ago, Sept. 11, 2001.
I want to briefly talk about duty, honor, courage and sacrifice.
Duty is the act or course of action that is required of one by position, social custom, law or religion and the compulsion felt by one to meet such obligation. For example a duty to save lives, a duty to comfort others, a duty not to panic, a duty to perform against extreme odds, a duty to protect all and each other and finally, a duty to lead. Duty was exhibited on Sept. 11, 2001.
Honor is the principled uprightness of character; it is the personal integrity to carry out one's duty. By having the personal integrity to carry out one's duty, those who died on Sept. 11 and those who are still alive, honored their mother and father, their sister and brother, their friend and neighbor, their co-worker and stranger. Honor was manifest on Sept. 11, 2001.
Sacrifice is the forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of something else considered to have a greater value or claim. The ultimate sacrifice is laying down one's life for another. Sacrifice is also accepting the loss of a loved one, friend, neighbor or co-worker. Sacrifice occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.
Courage is the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear or unexpected events with self-possession, confidence and resolution. Courage is not acting without fear rather it is the commitment to duty, honor and sacrifice. Courage was modeled on Sept. 11, 2001.
We will never forget what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 nor should we. It is for us, the living, to dedicate ourselves to what was exemplified that day duty, honor, courage, sacrifice.
By being resolute in the pursuit of these personal attributes; our first responder and citizen heroes of Sept. 11 have not died or lived in vain, rather, they serve as a collective luminary for us to follow.
Kevin Cashen serves as chief for the Norwalk Police Department.