Today we commemorate the 18th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001 and claimed the lives of 2,977 innocent people.
It was on that fateful day that 19 members of Al Qaeda set into motion a series of attacks that changed our country forever.
Those of us old enough to remember the events of that day will never forget where we were when we saw the two planes hit the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers. The attacks continued and we all watched in horror as the Pentagon was struck followed by the downed United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
Feelings of fear, uncertainty, and above all, heartache permeated the souls of all Americans. When it became apparent that the events were an unprecedented act of terror, something remarkable followed.
Brave men and women responded to the call for help.
Tales of heroic acts were shared following those rescue missions.
And for a time, we were a united nation. We flew our flag proudly. We set political differences aside. We helped those in need and we started to rebuild.
We also vowed that we would “Never Forget.” We would never forget the lives that were lost. We would never forget those who served fearlessly and relentlessly. We would never forget the impact that day had on our nation and the rest of the world.
However, I am afraid that we have forgotten to some degree. We are not the united nation we were in the months following 9/11.
I hope this year, as we remember and honor those we lost 18 years ago that we will recommit to be better and do better – to live up to our promise and truly “Never Forget.”