Today, as we remember the 9/11 bombings that shocked the world 8 years ago, I chose a quote on patriotism given by the American president.
The true test of the American ideal
is whether we're able to recognize our failings
and then rise together to meet the challenges of our time.
Whether we allow ourselves to be shaped by events and history,
or whether we act to shape them.
- US Pres. Barack Obama