Patriot Day: Not Forgotten

9-11-01-logoEleven years ago, cowardly terrorists who aimed to bring this country to its knees attacked our nation.

Out of the ashes, destruction and tears we witnessed true acts of bravery and selflessness – stories of everyday Americans – people who rose and headed the call to service in the face of evil. All Americas become heroes that day. Countless leapt into action to defend their fellow man, aid the wounded and remained steadfast in the long days that followed.

While we will never forget the tragedy that struck at the heart of our nation or the innocent lives of loved ones lost at the Pentagon, the Twin Towers, and in Shanksville we will always remember the unifying impact it had on this country, as it motivated millions of men and women to serve this nation in uniform.

Over 3 million Americans entered military service following the attacks. More than 5 million servicemen and women have served in the military in the last decade and nearly 2 and half million served this nation in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As we honor and commemorate the service and sacrifice of those lost in the wake of September 11th, may we remember their courage, commitment and patriotism. May we never forget the American heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. May our prayers remain with our men and women in uniform. And may God continue to bless our great nation.

We vow to honor those who lost their lives on this day, eleven years ago and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending freedom – not just today but forever.

Never Forget – Finding Strength In What Remains…

As we begin to mark the 10th Anniversary of the terrorist’s attacks on Washington, D.C. and New York City, it is important that we reflect on that day. For all of us, it is a day that will never be forgotten.

As we remember the awful moments and recall the unnerving images as well as the accompanying feelings, we grieve for the loss of our loved ones, the innocent victims, and our fellow Americans, who withstood the cowardly attacks.

While we give pause in realizing the solemnity of this anniversary, it is important to recognize what has emerged for this nation as a consequence. There was the impossible valor of New York’s Police Department, the unsurpassed courage of New York’s Fire Department and its Paramedics, and the unfaltering fortitude of New York’s Port Authority which, not knowing what lay ahead, rushed in to save the lives of those in greatest need. They would not be deterred.

Emergency responders, from New York to Shanksville to DC, and all across the country, had faith in the face of terror that something needed to be done. Those brave souls maintained the deepest of desires, resolving to know the moral difference between inaction and action, even if at the expense of their likely peril.

We know by the countless actions of responders and the innumerable selfless acts by ordinary citizens that there was no doubt and no question of a purposeful unity, as everyday individuals and citizens came together through heroic feats.

As we look back ten years ago, it should be impossible to forget that what bounded us then remains very much with us still today. We are indebted to the selfless sacrifice of friends, neighbors, and those bravest amongst us who leapt into action in hopes of saving others.

It is here and now, at this decade mark of remembrance, that the bond of yesterday stares us in the face again. It is the memory of that day and the examples borne in moments of unwarranted hardships, which provide us all the strength and a reservoir of true grit enabling a renewed sense of purpose, determination, and desire to ensure freedom prevails over the tyranny of terror.

The memory of those lost, the legacy of America’s resilience, and the heroism of many are carried by us today, united as one nation, one voice, and one undeterred people.

And to those who serve on the frontlines of the global war on terrorism, the intelligence professional, the national security worker and all members of the United States military, we thank you for your continued service and for keeping us safe.

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