One sad morning in September 2001, our nation was attacked by radicals intent on causing destruction and death. The World Trade Center, Flight 93, and the Pentagon became battlefields in the blink of an eye, places where Americans were killed, showed outstanding courage, and gave their lives for others. As the world watched the tragedy of that day unfold, they also watched Americans come together, putting aside their differences and supporting each other. Determined, we stood shoulder-to-shoulder, demonstrating our resolve to overcome these cruel acts of terrorism.
As Reverend Billy Graham said during the memorial service later that fateful week, we have a choice. Do we allow this event to destroy us or do we rebuild on a firm foundation? How have we responded, and how will we continue to respond? In many ways, our country has changed. We have new laws designed to protect us from those who seek to cause us harm, and there is a renewed sense of patriotism. Yet in other ways, we have become more stubborn, more determined to have our own way. Instead, we need to find the path that we can all walk together, our differences weaving an unbreakable bond tying us together. As the old song goes, united we stand and divided we fall. On this tenth anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11, we must dedicate ourselves anew to the purpose we shared after the attacks, the creation of a better America. The men, women, and children who perished on that day deserve our best efforts on this front.
We invite you to visit our Facebook page to share your 9/11 experiences. Where were you? How did that day effect your life? What can we do to recreate the solidarity we shared at that time? Join us as we remember and honor the victims and heros of that day.