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by Abigail Van Buren

9/11 Anniversary Offers Us Chance to Reflect on Sacrifice

DEAR READERS: I am sure that everyone is aware that today marks the second anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I hope you will take just a moment to offer up a prayer for those people who lost their lives there, and in the field in Pennsylvania on that horrific day -- and for the grieving families and friends who will live with their loss for the rest of their lives.

Let us also not forget the brave young men and women who have put their lives on hold as they serve in the U.S. armed forces under the most stressful conditions imaginable. One way to show our appreciation for their dedication is to go to the Web site, and send a message of encouragement and support. Let them know that they are in our thoughts today -- and every day.

I am proud to say that more than 2 million of my caring, generous readers have sent messages to our troops so far. Please continue your support. They need us now more than ever as this conflict drags on.