We all remember where we were 19 years ago on that Tuesday, when life as we had known it was changed forever. Images of that Tuesday will forever be in our mind, tucked away in a place where we will always find time to visit and remember each Sept. 11, for the rest of our lives, and on those occasions when we are quietly alone with our thoughts and personal reflections of life.
On that Tuesday we saw the worst and the best humanity had to offer. On that Tuesday the best of humanity triumphed over the evil spewed by the worst of humanity. Stories of heroism, valor, compassion and flat out bravery were visible, numerous and inspiring. The common man, woman and child, and airline passenger, became beacons for hope, resolve and unrelenting spirit in the face of horrible danger. New York City’s and Port Authority’s Bravest, Finest, EMS, Strongest and Boldest lived up to and beyond these monikers, making them more than mere words of description.
On that Tuesday and the days and weeks that followed, we pulled together as one Nation in grief and in strength, bonded together by committed resolve to defeat our enemy, remember the sacrifice of the lost and in their eternal memory, rebuild that which was so violently taken away from us. In our strength and resolve as one Nation, we became a force to be reckoned with. Our steadfast leadership defended our Nation against our enemy.
On that Tuesday our flag, battered, torn and dirty remained raised and the sight of it lifted our spirits although our hearts were heavy. After that Tuesday, we recognized what was really important to us and how very precious and fleeting those things truly are.
In the years that have passed since that Tuesday, we still remember that day, but perhaps we chose to keep it more tucked away in our memories since the earlier anniversaries of that Tuesday. This is only natural since we owe it to those lost to move on with our lives and our way of life. Life to most of us has returned to a normal routine. May that Tuesday always remind us of those things that are truly important in our lives and how precious they are.
The spirit that bound us as one Nation after that Tuesday has over the years following, become mired in politics and economics, which is a consequence of our democratic republic. On the nineteenth anniversary of that Tuesday, we should remember the spirit that bound us as one Nation to meet the challenge ahead, and perhaps use that same spirit to meet the challenges that face our Nation today. Together as one Nation under God, we have and will continue to accomplish great things for all of our citizens.
On the nineteenth anniversary of that Tuesday, take time to reflect on what we have been through these last nineteen years and what we have accomplished
from the horror of that day. America’s best days are ahead of it. Our Nation’s resolve, although not always as evident as it was immediately after that Tuesday, remains at the ready, to meet all challenges to our way of life and to make life better for all of our citizens.
We owe it to the victims of that Tuesday to never forget them. Our Nation will always remember. God Bless America.