Twenty years ago, our lives changed forever. The attacks of September 11th, 2001, reshaped the face of America and the course of history.
September 11th will forever remind us of unimaginable tragedy, of lives lost, and the sorrow our nation felt as we watched airplanes flying into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.
We must never forget the depths of inhumanity to which terrorists were willing to inflict in an attempt to destroy the very principles of freedom and democracy.
Let’s ensure that Patriot Day, September 11th, is woven into America’s history to ensure we always remember the value of liberty and the price of freedom as we combat the evils of terrorism that still threaten our Republic each and every day. Let’s always remember the fallen, honor our heroes, and never forget that we are one United States of America.
Today, we remember the 2,749 heroes lost, seven buildings destroyed, and 30 million square feet of commercial office space lost or damaged. We remember the 60,000 Americans who lost their jobs, 65,000 commuters who were dislocated, and the 1.6 million tons of smoking debris that filled Manhattan.
We salute America’s military men and women and first responders who courageously serve. We honor those who gave their lives protecting the freedoms you and I enjoy daily and inspire future generations to remain diligent in guarding freedom.
In 2018, I had the honor of spending the day at the 9/11 Memorial. The sacred ground captured my heart with what’s right in America and how we inspire future generations. The peaceful reflection pools paid tribute to lives lost and are a visible testimony of the day America showed the world what makes our country great.
Remembering September 11th reveals the true character of our nation—the day that freedom and democracy prevailed over oppression and triumphed over unspeakable evil.
Take time to reflect. Pray for those grieving. Pray for our leaders to have God’s wisdom. Pray that we remain resolved to preserve freedom, honor God, strengthen families, and cherish life.