On a Tuesday morning, ten years ago, our country was violated in the most frightening way imaginable. We were gripped with fear, here in Texas, even though were were 1,500 miles away. What must it have been like to be at ground zero, to be a passenger on a plane, to be in a morning meeting in a tower, to have been a New York Police Officer, a New York Fire Fighter, a New York Paramedic, a Citizen of New York City, a Father, a Mother, a Son, A Daughter, a Brother, a Sister, a Friend, or in any way related to any victim?
We all remember where we were when we first heard the news. We were in shock when we heard of the plane that came crashing into the Pentagon. We heard rumors of many more planes unaccounted for. Then a fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. We watched in horror as the people in New York inhaled the dust of all the contents of the twin towers. The unimaginable was happening.
How can we ever forget this? Truth is we never will. It’s important to remember even the terrible details because it’s now part of us. On this tenth anniversary we remember everything.
Our love to the families and friends of all those who lost their lives on that day. Our gratitude to the heros who ran into the flames against our basic human instinct to run away. Finally, our resolve to never forget and to hold strong to our beliefs in freedom and security. We still have work to do…
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.