Though a decade has passed since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, we can all remember where we were and what we were doing when the horror unfolded. In real time, we saw the results of terrorism unfold before us. The images of the destruction as airplanes were used as weapons have been embedded in our memory, but so has the American spirit that was still standing after the dust settled.
September 11th is a day that is seared into the hearts and minds of all Americans. We remember the innocent victims of that day, but we also remember all the heroes - average Americans who went to work on a beautiful September day and found themselves faced with unbelievable terror.
We remember the people who refused to leave an injured co-worker, or who led many people to safety. We remember the firefighters and policemen and all of the first responders. We remember the heroes at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the passengers of Flight 93. We remember all the brave service men and women who fight to keep us free.
While today is a day of remembrance, we must continue to work to ensure that the horrors on September 11th never happen again. Our perseverance and resilience as a nation will continue as we move forward. May we use this day to reflect on the past, and to never forget as we honor the victims and the heroes who continue to inspire us all.
Please take a moment today to say a prayer for all the victims and their families and for our military.