Today marks the 11th anniversary of 9/11, and I ask you to join me in remembering the innocent lives lost and the inspiring efforts of heroes from all walks of life who acted selflessly to help others.
Nearly 3,000 people died that day and thousands were injured. Most of us remember vividly where we were and what we were doing that fateful day. It was a time of great cooperation, solidarity, resolve and renewed patriotism.
CAPT Larry Getsfred, CAPT Jack Punches (USN Ret), AW1 Joe Pycior…
All died in the Pentagon on 9/11.
As we reflect and remember, also take a moment to pay tribute to our fallen comrades who after 9/11, fought to make sure that history did not repeat itself. More than 5,100 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines have paid the ultimate price defending our nation in Iraq, Afghanistan and in pursuit of terror networks around the world. Many thousands more have come home wounded, maimed by IEDs or scarred with the mental trauma of combat.
September 11th was designated as Patriot Day, and it reminds us that one thing we all share is that we are Americans. We are patriots and citizens first, with shared values of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” as our Declaration of Independence states.
In times of challenge we rise up, and these are challenging times. The world is still a dangerous place and there is tremendous uncertainty ahead. Our commitment to one another, our families and the nation can never waiver…
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