For most of us, it’s hard to believe that it has already been 20 years since that fateful day. Even though that much time has passed, we must never forget the victims, the families, survivors and the lasting consequences of 9/11 on individual lives and our great nation.
I recall watching President Bush as he declared, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” In a reference to the eventual U.S. military response he declared, “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”
I think we can all distinctly remember where we were that day as well as the days and months that followed. We received urgent calls from the NYPD asking for assistance in getting their communications and systems online so they could work with rescue teams from the FDNY and other first responders. Our mission had never been clearer and we have not deviated. Today is a constant reminder we must remain vigilant to secure the safety of our country.
Over a lifetime we all have memories of events that leave a profound impact on each of us. We have a responsibility to pass these memories down – from generation to generation – and NEVER FORGET 9/11! Those that lost their lives and the families, friends, colleagues they left behind…deserve nothing less. Today and every day, we pray for the many brave men and women who protect and serve us every day.