On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, a day that President Roosevelt said would “live in infamy.”

Sixty years later, on Sept. 11, 2001, Osama Bin Laden had the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon attacked by hijacked planes. This too was a day no one will forget.

On Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol was attacked and vandalized by a terrorist mob of our own citizens, incited by our own president, demanding that election results be overturned. Five people died, including a police officer who was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher. Other police officers were beaten; one was maimed. (“Blue Lives Matter?”). Assassinations of the vice president and speaker of the house were planned. Ironically, one of the planes on 9/11/01 was headed to the Capitol when a group of American patriots sacrificed their lives to prevent that attack.

Like the attacks on Pearl Harbor and 9/11/01, the trauma of the Jan. 6 horrific insurrection will also be long lasting, especially as violence continues to be threatened against our leaders. My hope is that enough Americans will have the strength and vigilance to preserve our democracy during these dangerous times.

Carol Olson, Front Royal