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Bruin Bites: September 11 Edition

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We will never forget.
We will never forget.

Today is a special day, a somber day. Ten years ago, 2,977 innocent lives were lost at the hands of extremists who hate the United States and everything our great nation represents.  On that day, we saw the absolute worst of humanity, in the terrible cowardice of mass murder, but we also saw the very best of our humanity and resilience, from the skies over Pennsylvania, to the horrific scenes in Lower Manhattan and Washington, as our fellow Americans selflessly sacrificed themselves to save the lives of others.

It is a date marked in infamy, burned forever in the consciousness of the United States of America.

But today is also a day of strength, of unity, of remembering the awesome power of the American spirit.  Throughout our nation's history, Americans have risen to every challenge presented.  We proclaimed our freedom in 1776, shed the shackles of tyranny in 1783, preserved our union and the right for all men to be free by 1865, smashed aggressive fascism by 1945, triumphed for freedom in 1991, and in 2001, we were challenged as a nation once again.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

So today, on this day of remembrance, we should all strive to do what those 2,977 innocents would want us to do: live. Each of us should re-dedicate ourselves to the great task of preserving this wonderful, radical experiment in democracy that we started in 1775.  We should rise to the challenge of making this democratic republic the absolute best it can be.

A group of cowardly murderers challenged us on September 11, 2001.  Let us honor the 2,977 who lost their lives that day by stepping up to that challenge and showing the world how great we all can be.

With that, let's turn to this special edition of news and notes from around the UCLA-iverse:

With that, enjoy the last day of the weekend, take in the return of the NFL, and most importantly, remember and honor the 2,977 innocent lives lost ten years ago today.