“September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country. Americans have known wars but for the past 136 years, they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning. Americans have known surprise attacks — but never before on thousands of civilians. All of this was brought upon us in a single day — and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack. “(President George W. Bush’s words to a joint session of Congress mere days after 9/11). Why was America targeted? Because America is the bright beam of Freedom!
Today we remember the 2,977 victims who were killed when Islamic terrorists intentionally struck the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and only by the bravery of passengers of United Flight 93 would have struck the US Capitol. We will never forget the nearly 8000 soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan defending our freedom since the attack in addition to the tens of thousands of our brave soldiers who have been injured protecting us from further attacks. Let us pray for the victims and their families whose lives have been forever changed for this Nation.
Let us all take a moment of silence during your busy day to honor the victims and remember just how fragile our lives and freedoms really are. And never let us forget how the military and their families do the heavy lifting for our Nation and our freedoms!