The date, Sept. 11, 2001, will forever evoke memories of the horrific tragedy that took place in and around New York City and the Pentagon of American lives callously lost and brutally cut short.
Societies that choose not to remember their histories are prone to have those histories repeated, so that is why we must never stop public remembrances of Sept. 11, 2001.
In New York, the highjacked planes flown into the World Trade Center twin towers killed 2,606 innocent people. Another 125 people were killed at the Pentagon and 265 people on the four hijacked planes died, plus the 19 terrorists themselves. More than 6,000 people were injured.
9/11 was the deadliest terrorist act in world history and the most devastating attack on U.S. soil since the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dev. 7, 1941.
Remembering 9/11 reminds us why there continues to be such a national security need to secure our nation’s borders, to be vigilant of all who would do us harm and to take the extra precautions needed to continue to improve airline travel safety in this nation.
9/11 reminds us that freedom is not free. It takes sacrifice and vigilance and it takes law and order. It is not a political platform. It is not Republican or Democrat.
America – love it or leave it – and while you are here – respect it by learning its language, appreciating its history, following its laws and heritage, and contributing to its betterment. When the topic of sanctuary cities and illegal immigrants comes up, remember 9/11.